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Global Covenant: the social democratic alternative to the Washington consensus

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David Held|
Polity (9 April 2004)

In his defining work, one of the world's leading analysts of globalisation and global governance confronts the failures of international politics in the aftermath of September 11 and the war against Iraq. 

He argues that there were and are alternatives to the way the western coalitions responded to the profound challenges of mass terrorism and political violence - alternatives which can better address the roots of these challenges and deliver political and social justice. In order to grasp this alternative, the changing structure of the global order has to be understood. 

To this end, the book is divided into three sections: economics, politics and law. In each section, contemporary trends are analysed, problems confronted, and a series of detailed policies set out.

The aim of Global Covenant is to focus on feasible and effective policy choices leading to a progressive transformation of global affairs. Against the ideologues who are wholly in favour or hostile to globalisation, this book shows how globalisation can be better regulated to deliver human development, equitable economic change, democracy and justice. 

David Held is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at LSE.


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Book launch

Global Covenant will be launched with a public debate at LSE on Global Politics After Iraq with Robin Cook, Professor David Held, Professor Mary Kaldor and Will Hutton. The book launch will be on Tuesday 27 April and further details, including how to request a ticket (available from Monday 19 April), will be posted at www.lse.ac.uk/events| nearer the time. 

Press cuttings

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Book review of David Held's Global Covenant: the social democratic alternative to the Washington consensus.