TITLE

Globalization and the changing logic of collective action

AUTHOR(S)
Cerny, Philip G.
PUB. DATE
September 1995
SOURCE
International Organization;Autumn95, Vol. 49 Issue 4, p595
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on globalization and the changing logic of collective action. In both modern domestic political systems and the modern international system, the state has been the key structural arena within which collective action has been situated and undertaken, as well as exercising structural and relational power as an actor in its own right. However, the state is being not only eroded but also fundamentally transformed within a wider structural context. The international system is no longer simply a states system, rather, it is becoming increasingly characterized by a plural and composite. This transformation has significant consequences for the logic of collective action. The word globalization often is used to represent this process of change. Globalization is neither uniform nor homogeneous. Its boundaries are unclear and its constituent elements and multidimensional character have not as yet been adequately explored. But by reshaping the structural context of rational choice itself, globalization transforms the ways that the basic rules of the game work in politics and international relations and alters the increasingly complex payoff matrices faced by actors in rationally evaluating their options.
ACCESSION #
9512030803

 

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