Under what conditions do individuals and communities accept globalized decision making as legitimate? And what political practices do individuals and collectivities under globalization use to exercise automy? To answer these questions, the contributors explore the disruptions and reconfigurations of political authority that accompany globalization. Arguing that we live in an era in which political legitimacy at multiple scales of authority is under strain, they show that globalization has also created demands for regulation, security, and the protection of rights and expressions of individual and collective automy.
Steven Bernstein is an associate professor of political science and associate director of the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. William D. Coleman is CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Contributors: Ian Cooper, Harvey A. Feit, Tara C. Goetze, Heike Harting, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Michael Keating, John McGarry, Margaret Moore, Peter Nyers, Sylvia Ostry, Leslie A. Pal, Nisha Shah, Jackie Smith, Julie Sunday, and Melissa S. Williams