World Order Discourses

Search for Alternatives

By Sujit Lahiry

What is 'world order studies?' What is its philosophical basis? What is its historical background? What are the normative bases of world order and how can we restructure them in the contemporary world? These are some of the questions examined in this book. Scholarly interest in world order studies received a major boost in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a group of eminent social theorists came together under the rubric of a major transnational research enterprise: World Order Models Project (WOMP). The WOMP theorists tried to lay down the basis of a normative world order based on the four world order values of peace, economic well-being, social and political justice, and ecological balance. This book discusses world order through the works of five seminal and prominent WOMP theorists: Richard Falk, Saul H. Mendlovitz, Samuel S. Kim, Rajni Kothari, and Ali Mazrui. The book is also a critique of WOMP studies and its projection of an alternative and preferred world order to be achieved by the 1990s. Additionally, WOMP is restructured in the contemporary world, especially given the fact that the contemporary notions and typology of world order are essentially positivistic in nature. The premises of such positivistic notions have been critically examined. This book has thus taken the position that the contemporary world order can be made more humane and benevolent, if we adhere to the basic postulates of the WOMP theorists.

296 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131603864