Global Governance: An Heretical History Play
Fleur E. Johns
University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law; Faculty of Law, University of NSW
Global Jurist Advances, Vol. 4, No. 2, Article 3, 2004
This article begins from an intuition that aspirations for governance on a global scale have been seeded among the historical habits of humanism, as well as among those economic and technological phenomena on which other scholars of globalization most frequently focus. It argues that Modern predilections for constitutionalizing, distinguishing, ranking, tempering and charting, and fearing that which resists such handling, are as significant to contemporary perceptions of globalization and its governance as any of the technological and economic developments said to underpin it. This argument is elaborated by interpolating some contemporary accounts of global governance with unlikely historical counterpoints drawn from the sixteenth century city-state of Venice: historical counterpoints that draw attention to the vital role of the foreign, the popular and the vulgar in building and defending centres of global governance. In so doing, this article aims to probe the ambiguous role that Modern political legacies play in contemporary scholarship. Transgressive potential is not, this article argues, exterior or opposed to monolithic accounts of global governance: it is there at their every inception.
Keywords: Globalization, global governance, history, law, Venice, foreigners, international law
JEL Classification: F01, F22, N43, K19, K33
Date posted: October 14, 2004
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