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On the Cutting Edge of Globalization

An Inquiry into American Elites

James N. Rosenau; David C. Earnest; Yale Ferguson and Ole R. Holsti

Woefully little systematic knowledge is available about leaders who shape and sustain globalization. On the Cutting Edge of Globalization is the first systematic study to investigate elite attitudes toward the emergent structures of world affairs. Surveys of more than 1700 American leaders before and after 9/11 yield compelling and provocative findings that depict the attitudes and activities of an important group of people who, even as they collectively influence the course of events, are not linked and coordinated in their efforts. Chock full of original data, the book's unique contribution is enhanced by an entertaining narrative explanation that casts a Cutting Edger, an Other Leader, and a Researcher in a good natured argument about the meaning of social science inquiry and the validity of survey data. From an author group as powerful as the targets of their inquiry comes this one-of-a-kind, intriguing, and thoroughgoing analysis. Click here to view additional tables and spreadsheets. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 216Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-3975-4 • Hardback • August 2005 • $102.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7425-3976-1 • Paperback • August 2005 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
James N. Rosenau is University Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University. David C. Earnest is assistant professor of political science and international studies at Old Dominion University. Yale H. Ferguson is professor of political science; co-director, Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University, and honorary professor, University of Salzburg. ole r. holsti is the George V. Allen Professor of International Affairs at Duke University.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 On the Cutting Edge of Globalization
Chapter 3 Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 4 The 1999 and 2003 Surveys: Identifying the Cutting-Edgers
Chapter 5 How Do You Know A Cutting-Edger When You Encounter One?
Chapter 6 Connectivity on the Cutting-Edge
Chapter 7 Leadership, Affiliations, and Loyalties
Chapter 8 Orientations Toward Globalization
Chapter 9 Attitudes Toward World Affairs
Chapter 10 From 1999 to 2003: Did Intervening Events Make a Difference?
Chapter 11 Occupational Differences (and Similarities)
Chapter 12 Conclusion
Appendix A 13 Procedures for Identifying Elites on the Cutting Edge of Globalization
Appendix B 14 Factor Analysis for Index on Involvement in Global Processes
Appendix C 15 1999 Questionnaire
Appendix D 16 2003 Questionnaire
The authors, well-known theorists of international relations and international political economy, turn their attention to the agents and processes behind globalization. Rather than focusing on the dynamics and effects of globalization, this work describes those whose decisions drive globalizing processes: corporate and government leaders, professionals, tourists, and consumers. A well-constructed example of empirical research in globalization studies.