Humanity at Risk: The Need for Global Governance by Daniel Innerarity, Javier Solana, Sandra Kingery, Stephen

By Daniel Innerarity, Javier Solana, Sandra Kingery, Stephen Williams

Humanity at Risk compares various ways to the subject matter of worldwide threats utilizing the instruments of philosophy, serious concept, and political suggestion along simpler, socio-political observations. by means of defining the belief of "global danger" extra particularly, Editors Innerarity and Solana, and their members, think we will know the way those hazards will be evaluated, envisioned, and controlled in the framework of democratic societies.The target of this e-book is to focus on extra exactly the necessity, within the face of recent international hazards, for brand spanking new governance at a countrywide, ecu, and international level.

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The condition is that globalization must be decoded not as economic fate, but as a strategic game for world power. A new global domestic politics that is already at work here and now, beyond the national–international distinction, has become a meta-power game, whose outcome is completely open-ended. It is a game in which boundaries, basic rules, and basic distinctions are renegotiated—not only between national and international spheres, but also between global business and the state, transnational civil society movements, supra-national organizations, and national governments and societies.

The author is thankful to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for financing his research within the framework of its Special Project on Reflexive Modernization. 20 Humanity at Risk and threats of an unprecedented magnitude” (Beck 1992, 19). Scientific-technical “progress” threatens the very existence of modern societies and, more generally, the process of social modernization turns against its own foundations. In recent years, Beck especially has developed the theory of a “late” or “second” modernity into a global sociological theory of the “global risk society” (Beck 1999, 2005, 2009).

Forsthoff himself located this change within the context of increasing state functions, and more precisely, within the expansion of the twentieth-century welfare state. With the responsibility of precaution toward new types of risks to civilization, this problem has intensified even further: “Each technologically complex project that interacts with the social environment is Global Risks and Preventive Governance 27 a ‘prototype’ for which there is no sequence, for which there are no past experiences and for which the legal duty of determining the boundary between the protected area of the fundamental right to life and the respect for physical integrity and the residual risk accepted by all citizens must be redrawn every time” (Preuss 1994, 542).

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