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From empire to community : a new approach to international relations /
Amitai Etzioni.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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xii, 258 p.
ISBN
1403965358 (hardcover)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
isbn
1403965358 (hardcover)
catalogue key
5188844
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Amitai Etzioni is the founder and director of the Communitarian Network and University Professor at The George Washington University.
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"Professor Etzioni's new book,From Empire to Community, delivers on its promise of 'A new approach to international relations.' There is a wonderful quality to his thinking, such that the visionary and the pragmatic, the very long range and the issues of the moment are all represented, all related, and often (though not always) reconciled in a new synthesis. It is especially refreshing to find that when Professor Etzioni finds that reality will not mesh with theory, facts are acknowledged rather than swept under the rug. This book is not about dogma: it is about the hopeful possibility that an evolving and expanding sense of common need among peoples and nations can with luck and vision, bring about a knitting together of a form of global governance that would permit humankind to address its most urgent issues more effectively: with less sovereign authority for national states as we have known them, but greater freedom, combined with enhanced responsibility for people as individuals and as communities. Professor Etzioni's easy style of writing - clear, elegant but never pretentious - makes the book a pleasure to read: not just an intellectual obligation."--Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore "In recent years, Amitai Etzioni has been the most powerful and persuasive voice for the human values that can only be cultivated in community. In this new and compelling analysis, he extends his work to the international arena. Few books have spoken more eloquently to the heart of our shared humanity, and in an age of global tension, few have been more necessary. Essential reading for all those concerned with our ever more fragile social ecology." Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "A thoughtful and timely examination of some of the fundamental issues that modern society confronts." Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter "For anyone concerned about the new global challenges and the current implacable trends in international politics and for those preoccupied with how we can bring about the needed fundamental progress, Etzioni's book is a refreshing contribution of daring thoughts, wisdom, and common sense. By contrasting and blending familiar and well-known institutions with new or exotic concepts, ideas and notions, Etzioni offers new and useful insights. Here, reality is round - not square, and its constituent elements complementary rather than conflicting. It is Thomas Paine conversing with Confucius that comes to one's mind. But the book is vibrantly topical. It underlines the need of the legitimating United Nations also to seek hard power to enforce its resolutions. As an echo of Kant'sPerpetual Peace, Etzioni leads us to the 'good society' based on both the Western legal tradition and social duties deriving from moral suasion. Etzioni is a bridge-builder by the grace of God." -- Per Stig Moslash;ller, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs "InFrom Empire to Community, Amitai Etzioni applies his communitarian approach to international affairs and foreign policy, attacking liberals to his left and neo-conservatives to his right. He offers a provocative and thoughtful alternative to the triumphalism that has dominated recent discussions about the future of American foreign policy. " -- Joseph S. Nye, author ofSoft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics "Amitai Etzioni has constructed a coherent communitarian vision of international relations.From Empire to Communityis a pioneering work of vital importance to the formation of a new way of international thinking, relevant to policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. Safeguarding global goods such as security, human rights and environmental protection is
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-01-01:
Etzioni (George Washington Univ.) contributes to literature on international governance, with a difference. Whereas current scholarship chronicles an increasing "thickness" of governance in the proliferation of transnational networks, Etzioni claims further progress depends on generating global community, a parallel to processes of nation- and state-building. Etzioni first addresses community: he sees prospects for global community in gradual rapprochement between Eastern and Western communal ideals emphasizing social order or personal autonomy respectively. Western individualism is increasingly tempered by attention to collective good; in the East there is hope for more personal autonomy. Etzioni then explores signs of global political authority, beginning with the rise of global cooperation around security (his Global Safety agency) in the wake of 9/11. However, true governance requires legitimacy, based in shared community; the alternative is short-lived American imperium. This work is part advocacy, part prognostication, and resembles more a scholar's musings than scholarship. While the link between community and authority is stated clearly, the concepts do not hang together in the execution. Etzioni clarifies his purpose: "To capture the imagination of public intellectuals, leaders, and citizens in favor of preventive rather than reactive action," should current structures of global authority prove inadequate. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections. S. P. Duffy Quinnipiac University
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"Professor Etzioni''s new book, From Empire to Community , delivers on its promise of 'A new approach to international relations.' There is a wonderful quality to his thinking, such that the visionary and the pragmatic, the very long range and the issues of the moment are all represented, all related, and often (though not always) reconciled in a new synthesis. It is especially refreshing to find that when Professor Etzioni finds that reality will not mesh with theory, facts are acknowledged rather than swept under the rug. This book is not about dogma: it is about the hopeful possibility that an evolving and expanding sense of common need among peoples and nations can with luck and vision, bring about a knitting together of a form of global governance that would permit humankind to address its most urgent issues more effectively: with less sovereign authority for national states as we have known them, but greater freedom, combined with enhanced responsibility for people as individuals and as communities. Professor Etzioni''s easy style of writing - clear, elegant but never pretentious - makes the book a pleasure to read: not just an intellectual obligation."--Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore "In recent years, Amitai Etzioni has been the most powerful and persuasive voice for the human values that can only be cultivated in community. In this new and compelling analysis, he extends his work to the international arena. Few books have spoken more eloquently to the heart of our shared humanity, and in an age of global tension, few have been more necessary. Essential reading for all those concerned with our ever more fragile social ecology." Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "A thoughtful and timely examination of some of the fundamental issues that modern society confronts." Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter "For anyone concerned about the new global challenges and the current implacable trends in international politics and for those preoccupied with how we can bring about the needed fundamental progress, Etzioni's book is a refreshing contribution of daring thoughts, wisdom, and common sense. By contrasting and blending familiar and well-known institutions with new or exotic concepts, ideas and notions, Etzioni offers new and useful insights. Here, reality is round - not square, and its constituent elements complementary rather than conflicting. It is Thomas Paine conversing with Confucius that comes to one''s mind. But the book is vibrantly topical. It underlines the need of the legitimating United Nations also to seek hard power to enforce its resolutions. As an echo of Kant's Perpetual Peace , Etzioni leads us to the 'good society' based on both the Western legal tradition and social duties deriving from moral suasion. Etzioni is a bridge-builder by the grace of God." -- Per Stig M ller, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs "In From Empire to Community , Amitai Etzioni applies his communitarian approach to international affairs and foreign policy, attacking liberals to his left and neo-conservatives to his right. He offers a provocative and thoughtful alternative to the triumphalism that has dominated recent discussions about the future of American foreign policy. " -- Joseph S. Nye, author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics "Amitai Etzioni has constructed a coherent communitarian vision of international relations. From Empire to Community is a pioneering work of vital importance to the formation of a new way of international thinking, relevant to policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. Safeguarding global goods such as security, human rights and environmental protection is becoming increasingly vital in this era of globalization. Amitai Etzioni''s new book offers us an inspiring example of the out-of-the-box thinking that is needed to confront these challenges. Etzioni brings new diplomatic challenges into focus, and launches a crucial debate about the sort of world we are leaving to future generations and how we can best manage problems and grasp opportunities, in ways that are deemed legitimate by both American and European societies. --Dr Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands "In this timely and provocative book, Professor Etzioni offers a rich compendium of insights and ideas. His vision of a potential East-West synthesis is particularly compelling. Better still, he is not afraid to tackle the very real challenge of creating genuine institutions to govern a potential global polity. A valuable read for anyone interested in the future of global governance. " --Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
"Professor Etzioni's new book,From Empire to Community, delivers on its promise of 'A new approach to international relations.' There is a wonderful quality to his thinking, such that the visionary and the pragmatic, the very long range and the issues of the moment are all represented, all related, and often (though not always) reconciled in a new synthesis. It is especially refreshing to find that when Professor Etzioni finds that reality will not mesh with theory, facts are acknowledged rather than swept under the rug. This book is not about dogma: it is about the hopeful possibility that an evolving and expanding sense of common need among peoples and nations can with luck and vision, bring about a knitting together of a form of global governance that would permit humankind to address its most urgent issues more effectively: with less sovereign authority for national states as we have known them, but greater freedom, combined with enhanced responsibility for people as individuals and as communities. Professor Etzioni's easy style of writing - clear, elegant but never pretentious - makes the book a pleasure to read: not just an intellectual obligation."--Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore "In recent years, Amitai Etzioni has been the most powerful and persuasive voice for the human values that can only be cultivated in community. In this new and compelling analysis, he extends his work to the international arena. Few books have spoken more eloquently to the heart of our shared humanity, and in an age of global tension, few have been more necessary. Essential reading for all those concerned with our ever more fragile social ecology." Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "A thoughtful and timely examination of some of the fundamental issues that modern society confronts." Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter "For anyone concerned about the new global challenges and the current implacable trends in international politics and for those preoccupied with how we can bring about the needed fundamental progress, Etzioni's book is a refreshing contribution of daring thoughts, wisdom, and common sense. By contrasting and blending familiar and well-known institutions with new or exotic concepts, ideas and notions, Etzioni offers new and useful insights. Here, reality is round - not square, and its constituent elements complementary rather than conflicting. It is Thomas Paine conversing with Confucius that comes to one's mind. But the book is vibrantly topical. It underlines the need of the legitimating United Nations also to seek hard power to enforce its resolutions. As an echo of Kant'sPerpetual Peace, Etzioni leads us to the 'good society' based on both the Western legal tradition and social duties deriving from moral suasion. Etzioni is a bridge-builder by the grace of God." -- Per Stig Moslash;ller, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs "InFrom Empire to Community, Amitai Etzioni applies his communitarian approach to international affairs and foreign policy, attacking liberals to his left and neo-conservatives to his right. He offers a provocative and thoughtful alternative to the triumphalism that has dominated recent discussions about the future of American foreign policy. " -- Joseph S. Nye, author ofSoft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics "Amitai Etzioni has constructed a coherent communitarian vision of international relations.From Empire to Communityis a pioneering work of vital importance to the formation of a new way of international thinking, relevant to policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. Safeguarding global goods such as security, human rights and environmental protection is bec
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Whether one favors the U.S. global projection of force or is horrified by it, the question stands - where do we go from here? What ought to be the new global architecture? Amitai Etzioni follows a third way, drawing on both neoconservative and liberal ideas, in this bold new look at international relations. He argues that a "clash of civilizations" can be avoided and that the new world order need not look like America. Eastern values, including spirituality and moderate Islam, have a legitimate place in the evolving global public philosophy. Nation-states, Etzioni argues, can no longer attend to rising transnational problems, from SARS to trade in sex slaves to cybercrime. Global civil society does help, but without some kind of global authority, transnational problems will overwhelm us. The building blocks of this new order can be found in the war against terrorism, multilateral attempts at deproliferation, humanitarian interventions and new supranational institutions (e.g., the governance of the Internet). Basic safety, humanrights, and global social issues, such as environmental protection, are best solved cooperatively, and Etzioni explores ways of creating global authorities robust enough to handle these issues as he outlines the journey from "empire to community."
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"Professor Etzioni's new book, "From Empire to Community, delivers on its promise of 'A new approach to international relations.' There is a wonderful quality to his thinking, such that the visionary and the pragmatic, the very long range and the issues of the moment are all represented, all related, and often (though not always) reconciled in a new synthesis. It is especially refreshing to find that when Professor Etzioni finds that reality will not mesh with theory, facts are acknowledged rather than swept under the rug. This book is not about dogma: it is about the hopeful possibility that an evolving and expanding sense of common need among peoples and nations can with luck and vision, bring about a knitting together of a form of global governance that would permit humankind to address its most urgent issues more effectively: with less sovereign authority for national states as we have known them, but greater freedom, combined with enhanced responsibility for people as individuals and as communities. Professor Etzioni's easy style of writing - clear, elegant but never pretentious - makes the book a pleasure to read: not just an intellectual obligation."--Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore "In recent years, Amitai Etzioni has been the most powerful and persuasive voice for the human values that can only be cultivated in community. In this new and compelling analysis, he extends his work to the international arena. Few books have spoken more eloquently to the heart of our shared humanity, and in an age of global tension, few have been more necessary. Essential reading for all those concerned with our ever more fragile social ecology."-RabbiProfessor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "A thoughtful and timely examination of some of the fundamental issues that modern society confronts."-Zbigniew Brzezinski
Main Description
espite valiant attempts in the twentieth century to estab-lish a global organization that would foster world peace, war remains a constant. However, From Empire to Community argues that the shock of September 11, 2001 has created a valuable opportunity to devise a truly effective global authority. Amitai Etzioni examines the new world order, or empire, that the United States is promoting and how it might change in the face of unprecedented global opposition. He explores what kind of global authority would be both more legitimate and more effective in dealing with the major challenges the world faces: basic safety, human rights, and global social issues, such as environmental protection. The key question is what new institutions are developing and how they might be better advanced to create a truly effective global architecture-not a world government, but something more substantial than organizations like the current United Nations.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'From Empire to Community' explores the evolving global civil society, to ask if a clash between Western civilization & other cultures is inevitable, & if the world has any alternative future to that of becoming one immense American suburb?
Description for Bookstore
Whether one favors the U.S. global projection of force or is horrified by it, the question stands - where do we go from here? What ought to be the new global architecture? Amitai Etzioni follows a third way, drawing on both neoconservative and liberal ideas, in this bold new look at international relations. He argues that a "clash of civilizations" can be avoided and that the new world order need not look like America. Eastern values, including spirituality and moderate Islam, have a legitimate place in the evolving global public philosophy. Nation-states, Etzioni argues, can no longer attend to rising transnational problems, from SARS to trade in sex slaves to cybercrime. Global civil society does help, but without some kind of global authority, transnational problems will overwhelm us. The building blocks of this new order can be found in the war against terrorism, multilateral attempts at deproliferation, humanitarian interventions and new supranational institutions (e.g., the governance of the Internet). Basic safety, human rights, and global social issues, such as environmental protection, are best solved cooperatively, and Etzioni explores ways of creating global authorities robust enough to handle these issues as he outlines the journey from "empire to community."
Short Annotation
A former presidential advisor offers a new road map for creating an effective global authority that respects and understands the many forces that now shape relations among people and nations. Basic safety, human rights, and global social issues, such as environmental protection are best solved cooperatively, and Etzioni explores ways of creating global authorities robust enough to handle these issues as he outlines the journey from "empire to community."
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Emerging Global Normative Synthesis
Basic Contoursp. 13
A Western Exclusive?
The Good Society
Liberty: Vacuum or Soft Order?
From "Exporting" Halves to Service Learning
The Civil Society: An Element of Autonomy and Social Order?
Global Harbingers
And the West Moves Eastward
Specific Elements of the Global Normative Synthesisp. 43
Particularism within Universalism
Toward a More Authoritative Use of Power and a Softer Mix
Limited but not Thin
A Self-Restrained Approach
Containing Capitalismp. 53
Setting Limits
Life's Projects and Meanings
Responding to a Moral and Transcendental Hunger
Moral Dialoguesp. 67
Implications for American (and Western) Foreign Policyp. 73
Implications of the Service Learning Approach
First: Open and Detyrannize
A Pro-Engagement Tilt
Support Moderate Religious Groups and Republican Virtues, Not Merely Secular, Civil Ones
Multilateralism or Community Building?
Not Destiny, but Responsibility
A New Safety Architecture
The War against Terrorism and Saddam's Iraq: Contrasting Designsp. 95
The War against Saddam's Iraq: A Global Vietnamesque Effect
The Antiterrorism Coalition: A Foundation for a Global Safety Authority
Hobbesian versus Lockean Global Agendasp. 115
Mission Appetite: Security First
From Curbing Terrorism to Deproliferation
An Antagonistic Partnership
Pacification and Humanitarian Interventions
Mission Appetite Revisited
Curtailing National Sovereignty: For What?p. 137
Beyond Global Safety
The Old System Is Overloadedp. 143
Transnational Problems: A Quick Overview
Global Civil Society: Its Scope and Limitsp. 153
The Limits of Civil Society
New Global Authoritiesp. 161
Monofunctional, Transnational Governmental Networks
Other Authorities?
Marshall's March of History
Global Social Authorities
The "Crowning" Issue
Supranational Bodiesp. 179
Supranationality Defined
Monofunctional Supranational Institutions
The Extraordinary Prerequisites for Full Supranationality
The European Union as a Test Case of Halfway Supranationality
Facilitating Factors
The Advantage of Being Global
Regional Communities as Building Blocks
A Global Government and Community?p. 195
Toward a Global Community
A Nation-like Global State or a Sui Generis Design?
A Reconstituted United Nations
In Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
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