World culture in the world polity: A century of international non-governmental organization

John Boli, George M. Thomas

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Abstract

Many scholars dispute the assumptions of global neo-realism but nevertheless hesitate to conceptualize a cultural frame larger than states or nations (Czempiel and Rosenau 1992; Wendt 1992). In contrast, a world-polity approach puts the institutional character of transnational development front and center. Culture is increasingly global (Featherstone 1990; Hannerz 1987; Lechner 1989; Robertson 1992); a transnational “legal world order” operates with considerable independence from states (Berman 1988; Falk, Kratochwil, and Mendlovitz 1985; Weiss 1989); world cultural principles and institutions shape the action of states, firms, individuals, and other subunits (Boli 1993; McNeely 1995; Meyer et al. forthcoming; Strang 1990; Thomas 1994). In numerous ways, the world polity is not reducible to states, transnational corporations (TNCs), or national forces and interest groups (Mann 1986; Nettl and Robertson 1968; Thomas et al. 1987).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCivil Societies and Social Movements
Subtitle of host publicationDomestic, Transnational, Global
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages89-108
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351951173
ISBN (Print)9780754626336
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Boli, J., & Thomas, G. M. (2017). World culture in the world polity: A century of international non-governmental organization. In Civil Societies and Social Movements: Domestic, Transnational, Global (pp. 89-108). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315260143-12