The Rise of the Civilizational State

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Nombre del producto:
The Rise of the Civilizational State
Fecha de edición:
30 ene. 2019
Número de Edición:
Coker, Christopher
Lugar de edición:
Reino Unido

In recent years culture has become the primary currency of politics – from the identity politics that characterised the American 2016 election to the push back against Western universalism in much of the non-Western world.

Much less noticed is the rise of a new political entity, the civilizational state. In this pioneering book renowned political philosopher Christopher Coker looks in-depth at two countries that now claim this title: Xi Jinping’s China and Vladimir Putin's Russia. He also discusses the Islamic caliphate, a virtual and aspirational civilizational statethat is unlikely to fade despite the recent setbacks suffered by Isis. The civilizationalstate, he contends, is an idea whose time has come. For whilst civilizations themselvesmay not clash, civilizational states appear to be set on challenging the rules of theinternational order that the West takes for granted. China seems anxious to revise them, Russia to break them while Islamists would like to throw away the rule book altogether. When seen in the round, Coker argues these challenges could be enough to give birth to a new post-liberal international order.


Chapter 1 – Liberal Civilization and its Discontents

Chapter 2 – Civilizational Myths

Chapter 3 – Imagining the West

Chapter 4 – Cultural Darwinism

Chapter 5 – The Civilizational-State

Chapter 6 – The Once and Future Caliphate

Chapter 7 – A Post-Liberal world

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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