An International Order without Globalism

34 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2017 Last revised: 19 Sep 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: September 11, 2017


The world seems to be transitioning from a liberal world order to a new world order—one firmly based on nation-states and respect for their sovereignty. This article asserts that such a transition is not as unsettling as it may seem; many features of the liberal world order are, in fact, not as liberal as commonly depicted, and there is room for other liberal elements, such as the promotion of human rights and democracy, in the new world order. Although the world needs effective and legitimate supra-national global governance, it is not sociologically ready for such an achievement.

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Etzioni, Amitai, An International Order without Globalism (September 11, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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