Global Civics

Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World

Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 145
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    Global Civics
    Book Description:

    The simple yet challenging goal of this book is to deliberate the legitimacy, and advance the feasibility, of an important new concept -the notion of "global civics." We cannot achieve the international cooperation that is needed for a globalizing and interdependent century without embracing and implementing this important concept.

    The first section ofGlobal Civicsis a presentation of the overall idea itself; the second section consists of diverse assessments from around the world of the concept and where it currently stands. The third section discusses various options for a global civics curriculum.

    Praise for the Global Civics Program

    "I agree with Hakan Altinay that in order to navigate our global interdependence, we need processes where we all think through our own responsibilities toward other fellow humans and discuss our answers with our peers. A conversation about a global civics is indeed needed, and university campuses are ideal venues for these conversations to start. We should enter this conversation with an open mind, and not insist on any particular point of view. The process is the key, and we should not wait any longer to start it." -Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate

    "The growing interconnectivity among people across the world is nurturing the realization that we are all part of a global community. This sense of interdependence, commitment to shared universal values, and solidarity among peoples across the world can be channeled to build enlightened and democratic global governance in the interests of all. I hope that universities and think tanks around the world will deploy their significant reservoirs of knowledge and creativity to develop platforms to enable students to study and debate these issues. This project is a contribution toward that goal and I look forward to following it closely." - Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Laureate

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-2142-0
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-x)
    Kemal Derviş

    The world as a ball of twine. Consider the interconnectedness that image implies, and one understands why more and more opinion makers, economists, politicians, and academics have increasingly emphasized the need for global cooperation as the world’s nations and their citizens have become far more interdependent. In September 2008 the collapse of one investment bank in New York triggered a worldwide financial panic and the most serious economic slowdown experienced by the world in decades. In many domains such as financial stability, trade, control of nuclear or chemical weapons, protection against infectious disease, or the challenge of climate change, what...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. ONE Why a Global Civics?
    (pp. 1-20)

    The broad manifestations of today’s epic global interdependence are well known. Financial engineering in the United States can determine economic growth in every part of the world; carbon dioxide emissions from China can affect crop yields and livelihoods in the Maldives, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and beyond; an epidemic in Vietnam or Mexico can constrain public life in the United States; and volcanic ash from Iceland disrupts travel across Europe. The inherent difficulties of devising and implementing solutions to global problems through nation-states have also become apparent. Traditionally, two broad models have been used to deal with this predicament. The first relies...

  6. Part I. Global Perspectives

    • TWO Ten Perspectives on Global Civics
      (pp. 23-52)
      HAKAN ALTINAY, Balveer Arora, Jonathan Fanton, David Held, Andrey Kortunov, Ivan Krastev, Ricardo Lagos, Thomas Pogge, Dani Rodrik, Dingli Shen and Javier Solana

      In the following series of dialogues, ten internationally respected scholars and leaders are each interviewed in an attempt to ascertain what the global challenges are that face the world today and the role of global civics in helping humanity address these challenges. The interviewees represent several nationalities and disciplines, and as such they bring a diversity and wealth of perspectives to this exchange of ideas.

      Questions are shown in italics, followed by the interviewee’s initials and response.

      Do we really need a conversation about global civics?

      BA: The exercise that you are engaged in is a very significant and important...

    • THREE Beyond the UN Charter: A New Concept of Global Security and Global Civics
      (pp. 53-60)

      Any student of global affairs will quickly come to realize that the international order within which we interact, and particularly the legal parameters that govern us therein, are remnants of the two world wars of the last century. In fact, the most prominent legal document of our time is without question the United Nations Charter, adopted soon after World War II. The legal foundation for our global order did not stop with, and is not solely based on, the establishment of the United Nations or the adoption of the UN Charter, which was preceded and followed by numerous international declarations...

    • FOUR Global Civics through Global Solidarity
      (pp. 61-78)

      The core argument in “The Case for Global Civics” is that interdependence is a constitutive reality of the present global condition, in that almost all the major challenges facing humanity require a cooperative response that transcends the jurisdictional autonomy of nation-states.¹ This is not an argument to abolish the nation-state but rather a recognition that we need to strengthen and consolidate the nation-state in a much more explicitly interdependent global system, where new norms based on fundamental interdependence accelerate efforts to reregulate global economic and political affairs. Hakan Altinay regards this as particularly essential with regard to mitigating climate change...

    • FIVE Civic Involvement at a Turkish University
      (pp. 79-86)

      Many people from various walks of life, in different countries or regions, discuss globalization, meaning the various manifestations of the integration of national or regional economics through a globe-spanning network of communications and trade. While the exact definition of globalization may be argued, few would deny such a process exists. We are all affected somehow by what others do elsewhere, not only by direct investments, outsourcing, and the behavior of stock markets but also through human migration, trafficking of persons, and even fashion trends and the accessibility of certain soft drinks or coffees. This incomplete list is certain to become...

  7. Part II. Developing a Global Civics Curriculum

    • SIX Discussing Global Civics
      (pp. 89-98)

      A discussion of global civics need not entail a fourteen-week semester format or even a formal classroom setting. Students can come together in an extracurricular setting under some facilitation and explore the issue through an agreed upon reading list. Adults who are not in an academic environment may engage in a similar pursuit with their peers.

      Below is my outline for a set of miniworkshops for that purpose.¹ The outline is designed to be modular. One does not need to cover all of the issues and each suggested workshop, although if a critical mass of content is not there, the...

    • SEVEN Global Civics through Literature
      (pp. 99-106)

      The concept of “global civics” means a lot to me because I have always believed that the content of “civics” can never be fully realized unless it is at the same time “global.” Consequently, I am delighted to have been asked to write about literature as a way of conceptualizing global civics and incorporating recommended reading.

      At the outset I should state that all art, all good literature, contributes to a global civics without necessarily aiming to do so. Art and literature enrich the human consciousness—and conscience, too—and strengthen the common bonds of humanity. Therefore I did not...

    • EIGHT A Global Civics Syllabus for 2011–12: Introduction to Concepts and Theories
      (pp. 107-134)

      This chapter proposes and assumes the form of a sample syllabus for a fourteen-week course in global civics, roughly as it would appear in a course catalogue, with content summaries and assigned reading and viewing. Global civics is concerned with questions regarding the rights and responsibilities of human beings toward each other in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. In chapter 1 of this volume, Hakan Altinay describes global civics as “a system of conscious responsibilities that we [humanity] are ready to assume after due deliberation and corresponding rights that we are ready to claim.” These rights and responsibilities of...

  8. Contributors
    (pp. 135-136)
  9. Index
    (pp. 137-145)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 146-147)