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Neomedievalism and the new security dilemma: Globalisation as durable disorder

Wednesday 14 December 2016, 12.30PM to 14:00pm

Speaker(s): Professor Philip G. Cerny

Globalisation is creating a growing range of complex challenges to the autonomous policy-making capacity, authority and legitimacy of nation-states, while a new security dilemma is challenging the ability of states and of the states system to provide both international and domestic security as a public good. These changes are leading to an unbundling of basic state functions and the growth of uneven, cross- cutting and overlapping levels of governance and quasi-governance, the fragmentation of cultural identities and the reconfiguation of social, economic and political spaces. At the same time, systemic pressures for the consolidation of new forms of transnational and international authority are insufficient, resulting in a governance gap. Exit is becoming an increasingly viable option for a growing range of actors and groups, leading to endemic civil and cross-border wars. The result will be not mere chaos, however, but something resembling the 'durable disorder' of the Middle Ages.

Philip G. Cerny is Professor Emeritus of Politics and Global Affairs at the University of Manchester and Rutgers University-Newark. He previously taught at the Universities of York and Leeds, and has held several visiting scholar/professorships at Harvard University, Sciences Po (Paris) and the Brookings Institution. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles including *Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism* (2010) and more recently ‘In the Shadow of Ordoliberalism: The Paradox of Neoliberalism in the 21st Century’, (2016) in the *European Review of International Studies. *In 2011 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the I.P.E. Section of the International Studies Association.

Location: Room A/C209