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Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World [Kindle Edition]

Hakan Altinay , Kemal Dervis

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The simple yet challenging goal of this book is to deliberate the legitimacy, andadvance the feasibility, of an important new concept—the notion of "globalcivics." We cannot achieve the international cooperation that is needed for aglobalizing and interdependent century without embracing and implementingthis important concept.

The first section of Global Civics is a presentation of the overall idea itself; thesecond section consists of diverse assessments from around the world of theconcept and where it currently stands. The third section discusses various optionsfor a global civics curriculum.

Praise for the Global Civics Program

"I agree with Hakan Altinay that in order to navigate our global interdependence,we need processes where we all think through our own responsibilities towardother fellow humans and discuss our answers with our peers. A conversationabout a global civics is indeed needed, and university campuses are ideal venuesfor these conversations to start. We should enter this conversation with an openmind, and not insist on any particular point of view. The process is the key, andwe should not wait any longer to start it."—Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate

"The growing interconnectivity among people across the world is nurturing therealization that we are all part of a global community. This sense of interdependence,commitment to shared universal values, and solidarity among peoples across theworld can be channeled to build enlightened and democratic global governancein the interests of all. I hope that universities and think tanks around the worldwill deploy their significant reservoirs of knowledge and creativity to developplatforms to enable students to study and debate these issues. This project is acontribution toward that goal and I look forward to following it closely."— Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Laureate

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About the Author

Hakan Altinay is a senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution and is former executive director of the Open Society Foundation-Turkey. Kemal Dervis is vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings and is a former director of the United Nations Development Programme.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0815721412
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating and well-written introduction to the very improtant concept of 'global civics' 19 April 2011
By Basak Otus - Published on
In this brilliantly written and thought-provoking book, Hakan Altinay introduces the notion of global civics--a concept that builds upon the basic tenets behind global ethics, global justice and world citizenship, and suggests that we all have certain rights and responsibilities towards each other by the mere fact of being human on Earth. The book is an attempt to define the concept in greater detail, and to discuss and defend the need for a global civics, which would ideally offer today's world citizens a shared sense of consciousness and responsibility in the face of global issues.

Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World is comprised of eight engaging yet highly accessible essays written by academics and intellectuals all around the world, including Nabil Fahmy, Trevor Manuel, Edgar Pieterse and Tara Hopkins. The book is divided into three major sections: Section One presents and defines the concept of global civics, and discusses the inevitable need for a global civics in today's world. Section Two offers diverse assessments of the concept from all around the world and addresses several significant issues, such as achieving global civics through global solidarity, discussing global civics through literature, and creating a new sense of global security that would ultimately replace the current one mainly preserved by the UN Charter. Section Three discusses various options for a global civics college curriculum, and even proposes a sample syllabus for a fourteen-week course in global civics.

A must read for readers of all ages, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World invites us to question our increasingly important role as world citizens in a highly interdependent and globalized world. In all likelihood, the concept of global civics is going to gain greater significance in the near future, as the problems of our global world become more and more formidable. As the first book written on the subject, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World does an excellent job in introducing the concept and kicking off the debate on how to think about global civics.
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