In the context of increasing globalization, and a shared, endangered environment, global citizenship is now firmly on the political agenda. Activists claim to be global citizens; teachers discuss education for global citizenship and political theorists debate whether the concept is coherent. In international politics, recent developments in international law and the erosion of state sovereignty have made it more plausible to think of a world community of individuals. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the meaning of cosmopolitanism, and world citizenship, in the history of western political thought, and in the evolution of international politics since 1500. Providing an invaluable overview of earlier political thought, recent theoretical literature, and current debates, this book also discusses recent developments in international politics and transnational protest. It will be of great interest to those specialising in political theory, international relations, and peace/conflict studies. It will also interest those already acting as global citizens.
April Carter is Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Government at the University of Queensland. She co-edited Liberal Democracy and its Critics, and her books include Peace Movements and Success and Failure in Arms Control Negotiation.