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Dilemmas in World Politics

Dilemmas in World Politics
Exploring the Frontiers

Edited by:
  • Suratha K. Malik - Assistant Professor and Teacher-in-Charge in the Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal

July 2022 | 336 pages | SAGE India
Dilemmas in World Politics: Exploring the Frontiers explores major issues in contemporary world politics, analyzing the disquiets and potential of globalization in a neoliberal world order. It deconstructs neoliberal democracy and studies the role of the civil society, NGOs and new media in world politics. It also encompasses issues, such as secularism, multiculturalism, minority rights and feminist politics. It further tracks international cooperation in the fight against climate change, environmental negotiations, coalitional diplomacy, green theory and sustainable development.

The book reassesses the emerging non-traditional security challenges and speculates on a post-COVID world order. It explores the veiled agenda of globalization and the neoliberal approach, examining the current crisis of governance and its impact on the so-called ‘¬¬Third World’. It critically scrutinizes the widespread discord, under-development, economic exploitation and cultural domination under the ambit of neoliberal globalization. 

Foreword by Rajen Harshé
Preface and Acknowledgements
Sibaji Pratim Basu
PART I Deconstructing Democracy: Understanding the Role of Civil Society, NGOs and Media
V. Bijukumar
Civil Society and the Process of Democratization: Claims, Transformations and Challenges
Swatilekha Bhattacharya
Democracy and the Role of NGOs in a Neoliberal Era
Manas Behera
The Role of New Media in Democracy and Politics
PART II Securing Rights: Debating on Secularism, Multiculturalism and Marginal Communities
Secularism and Multiculturalism: Concerning Issues
Gouri Sankar Nag
Minority Rights and Self-determination: Rohingya People as New Romas
Manas Chakrabarty
Gender Inequality and Feminist Politics: A Survey
PART III Retrospecting Security Dilemma: Mapping the Non-traditional Security Threats
Raj Kumar Kothari
Nuclear Weapons, Peace and the Security Dilemma: Evolving Scenario
Aneek Chatterjee
Non-traditional Security Threats: Emerging Challenges for the Global Order
Shibashis Chatterjee and Udayan Das
Rethinking Security in the Post-COVID World Order
PART IV Apprehending Global Commons: Discoursing on Environment, Ecology and Sustainable Development
Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Development Studies and Post-development
Suratha Kumar Malik and Santi Sarkar
Political Ecology, Environmental Politics and the Green Theory
Pradeep Kumar Choudhury, Gopal K. Sarangi and Angrej Singh Gill
The New Political Economy of Sustainable Development
PART V Revisiting Globalization: Exploring the Possibilities
Ramakrushna Pradhan
Globalization and the Third World: Myth and Reality
Jitendra Sahoo
Globalization and Its Disquiets: The Crisis of Democracy and Governance
Asha Hans and Aastha Dua
Feminists’ Encounter with Globalization and Militarism: An Alternative Approach for Peace and Security

Intelligently divided into 15 chapters under 5 broad thematic parts, Professor Malik’s anthology provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of politics in the 21st century from a southern, largely Indian perspective. In addition to the traditional themes, the more recent and still evolving issues are also well covered, including neoliberal globalization, feminism, minority rights, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), new media, environment and pandemics, along with state responses involving violence, surveillance, incentives and propaganda. This book is a great resource for students of politics to improve their understanding and, in time, the world.

Professor Thomas Pogge
Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Founding Director of the Global Justice Programme, Yale University, New Haven, USA

It is a brilliantly curated selection that provides stimulating material for students and scholars alike. It is comprehensive and insightful.

Professor Pushpesh Pant
Padma Shri Awardee (2016, Government of India) Former Dean and Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

As a theoretically sound and empirically grounded book, Dilemmas in World Politics covers several important contemporary global issues, which could be useful for a wide variety of audience.

Professor Upendra Choudhury
Former Member Secretary and Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, India, Professor, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dilemmas in World Politics: Exploring the Frontiers is a wonderful collection of chapters by eminent scholars, who discuss a whole range of issues that touch upon gender, civil society, secularism, multiculturalism, non-traditional security, environment and sustainable development, among others, in a time when globalization and neoliberalism have thrown up issues that the world needs to come to terms with. It is a very useful book for scholars, researchers and students interested in understanding the issues that are the core of global politics and seeking answers to the challenges faced by the world community.

Professor Ajay Patnaik
Former Dean and Professor School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Theoretically robust and empirically rich, this outstanding compendium provides rare interdisciplinary insights into the challenges and dilemmas in contemporary global politics and geopolitics.

Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi
Chairperson and Professor, Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New Delhi, India

Dilemmas in World Politics makes an interesting compendium, encompassing brilliant essays on different contemporary issues based on latest syllabi on international politics. It constitutes of very readable contributions from a range of academicians and subject experts, promising to be a useful reference book for younger students as also of interest to the wider audience.

Professor Swaran Singh
Chairman and Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Dilemmas in World Politics is a very interesting endeavour. It attempts to create a trans-disciplinary framework on understanding the dynamic interaction of the various forces (geopolitical, geo-economic and developmental, as also partially geophysical) affecting global order and human living. I reckon this as a new way to look at the challenges at the social, cultural, political and economic interfaces of the world order and also the global developmental governance whose pillars are marked by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Nilanjan Ghosh
Director, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata and Head of Inclusive Growth and SDG, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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