The Skill Revolution and Restless Publics in Globalized Space

  • James N. Rosenau


To argue that individuals at the micro level are central to the course of events at the macro level of global politics is to evoke doubt and disbelief. Many analysts reject the proposition on the grounds that it does not really matter what individuals do at the micro level, that macro-level processes can be described, analyzed, and predicted without recourse to the conduct of citizens, that in world affairs the latter are, in effect, mere servants of the former. Put more elegantly, some contend that accounting for the behavior of citizens only completes our mental pictures of international politics by adding detail to our understanding of it. The attribution of causal power to individuals, such reasoning concludes, serves our moral consciences, but that is a far cry from servicing the requirements of cogent empirical inquiry.


Collective Action Causal Power Political Arena World Politics Environment Orientation 
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