Coming to Grips with a Globalizing World Society

With the end of the Cold War and the decade-long dismemberment of the Cold War structures, humanity is once more on the move. As Francisco Sagasti, formerly Chairman of the UN Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development has written “We are witnessing the emergence of what I would call a ‘fractured’ global order. This is an order that is global, but is not integrated. It is an order that puts all of us in contact with one another – but simultaneously maintains deep fissures between different groups of countries, and between peoples within countries. And it is an order that segregates a large portion of the world’s population, preventing it from sharing the benefits of scientific advances and technological progress. This is not an inevitable condition, nor an inescapable trap. There is no need passively to accept the emergence of a disjointed world economy or a sharply divided global society in which a privileged few coexist in uneasy truce with a majority of dispossessed. As the title of this journal Transnational Perspectives indicates, the world is no longer only a world of States but also of peoples, of ideas and cultural trends, all of which cross State lines. There is a slow shift away from the State as the dominant actor in world politics toward a more complex structure of a world society in which States, regional federations, important cities, economic corporations, and social movements all interact. We live in a transnational world in which there is a broad range of significant institutions which have an impact on the lives of each person. Therefore, we must build an intellectual framework which takes into account not only political issues but economic behaviour and cultural aspirations. Transnational Perspectives will discern trends and emerging social forces and advocate policies of compassion, cooperation and transformation. We welcome your confidence and support.
René Wadlow



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