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Beyond Confrontation: Globalists, Nationalists and Their Discontents

Phil Mullan
Independent Scholar, USA

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11 Aug 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
276 pages - 138 x 216mm
Phil Mullan negotiates a democratic third way between the rules-based international order defended by Western globalists and the mercantilist protectionism promoted by other Western nationalists, both of which only fuel resentments between developed and emerging nations. Tensions between the US and China, between different Western nations, and between committed political globalists and mercantilist nationalists seem to have doomed the world to ever-increasing polarization and perpetual confrontation. What Mullan ultimately develops is a path toward a future that moves away from the self-defeating effects of international conflict towards mutual prosperity through open international collaboration rooted in genuinely popular participation within nation states. 
For its clear-eyed assessment of the opportunities and challenges of a more interconnected world—an assessment in which the economic internationalisation underpinning globalization theories is neither romanticised nor vilified—Beyond Confrontation is sure to set the tone of the discussion for years to come. It is a must-read for scholars working in international relations, development studies, and international political economy, as well as for anyone interested in the biggest, most pressing, and most vexing economic and political issues in international society.
Introduction: Global times
Part 1: A world of rules
Chapter 1: Making the rules-based international order
Chapter 2: Globalism against politics
Chapter 3: The anti-democratic roots of neoliberalism
Chapter 4: From post-war order to disorder
Part 2: Myths about trade
Chapter 5: The obsession with trade
Chapter 6: Trade becomes weaponised
Chapter 7: Free trade illusions
Chapter 8: The rise and rise of protectionism
Part 3: Internationalism starts at home
Chapter 9: Internationalisation: sustaining atrophy
Chapter 10: The battle starts at home
Chapter 11: Internationalism, national sovereignty and democracy
Phil Mullan is a scholar and business manager who writes and lectures on the intersections between economics and politics. His work is informed by over two decades of experience in advisory and senior-management roles in international business. He is the author of Creative Destruction: How to Start an Economic Renaissance (Policy Press, 2017) and The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population Is Not a Social Problem (IB Tauris, 2000).

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