'... this is a profoundly thought-provoking work. The scope of this book is immense and panoptic ... all of what is written is engaging ... this is an enjoyable and thought-provoking book. Allott's work has always broken the mould of international legal scholarship in this country, and this book is no exception. The application of his general philosophy to more concrete legal issues is very welcome and will permit the dissemination of his ideas to a wider audience. Even if they disagree with Allott's philosophy, professional and academic international lawyers, as well as students of international law, should read this book and seriously reconsider both the current state of their discipline and how they can move it forward. They will find that it has much to offer them.' Public Law
Globalisation has become familiar, the target even of street demonstrations from Seattle to Genoa. It challenges all our traditional social structures, with international systems, such as the European Union, the WTO or the global capital markets, taking power over the power of states and governments. We have to rethink the complex and subtle ideas which have made our national systems work and have made them tolerable. This book seeks to uncover these ideas and to develop them in new ways to meet the new and urgent global challenges.