Underlying Assumptions

  • Peter C. Heap

The issues which CFGS and CIGI undertook to examine at Paul Martin’s behest fall comfortably within the ambit of James Rosenau ’s conception of global governance 1. In particular, they concern the quintessentially political dynamic which animates the newly uncertain border between domestic and foreign affairs.

“Newly uncertain” may of course be something of a misnomer, since it implies that the phenomenon known generally as globalization reflects an unprecedented situation. As many historians might point out, the “first globalization” began in the nineteenth century, with the colonial empires of Europe (and later the United States) at its centre and the industrial revolution of steel and steam as its engine. This historical caveat duly noted, however, it can probably be asserted that the current degree of mutual interpenetration of national economies, technologies, cultures and politics is unparalleled.

Within this context, the CFGS/CIGI project has been informed by a pair of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Victoria, Centre for Global StudiesCanada

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