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

John Boli, George M. Thomas

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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
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351951173
ISBN (Print)9780754626336
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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