The Domestic Sources of Global Adhocracy

Social Change Review, Vol. 10, Issue 2, December 2012

26 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2016

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: December 2012


The article shows that (a) those who expect new global powers to rise, provoking a clash with the old one seeking to maintain its supremacy (the US), are mistaken. The US will scale back its international role, but no other power will step in to take over its functions in maintaining order. Hence an increase in global disorder. The gap will be filled to some extent by ad hoc coalitions in what is here called ‘the rise of adhocracy’. (b) The reason that various powers will play a more limited international role is that they all suffer from the same domestic crisis, namely, a governing deficit due to a decline in competence and legitimacy – albeit one that takes different forms in different nations.

Keywords: Governance, Competence, Legitimacy, Liberal Order, United States, China, Russia, European Union, Brazil, India, Arab Spring, Capitalism, Deregulation, NATO, Adhocracy, Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, Foreign Policy, Domestic Challenges, Unemployment, Military Budgets, Putin, Sphere of Influence

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Etzioni, Amitai, The Domestic Sources of Global Adhocracy (December 2012). Social Change Review, Vol. 10, Issue 2, December 2012 , Available at SSRN:

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