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Bottom-Up Politics: an agency-centred approach to globalisation

Denisa Kostovicova and Marlies Glasius (eds)
Palgrave Macmillan (22 November 2011)

The writing out of agency from the study of globalisation resulted in its portrayal as an uncontrollable, unstoppable and unchangeable force. Ordinary people have been conceptualised as victims or beneficiaries. Alternatively, grassroots activism has been romantically portrayed as an unproblematic force for good.

Inspired by the work of Mary Kaldor on global civil society and new wars, the authors explore complex, counterintuitive and even unintended forms and consequences of bottom-up politics as the state loses its dominance as a political actor in the global era.

Leading theorists such as Albrow, Falk, Held, Rothschild and Sassen, together with young scholars demonstrate the importance of agency to our understanding of globalisation. They offer a critical evaluation of bottom-up politics from a variety of disciplines, including those of sociology, law, economics, history and politics. The book is an invaluable guide to a paradigm shift not just in studying but also in doing politics.

  • Dr Denisa Kostovicova is a senior lecturer in global politics at the Government Department and a research fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development at LSE.
  • Dr Marlies Glasius is a visiting fellow at LSE's Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

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