[gha] World Citizen Bibliography.

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Citizens of the World: A bibliography of  current writings in English 

Rene Wadlow, President, Association of  World Citizens 

Much of the world citizen approach to world politics can be called  “
cosmopolitan”. In a world of growing interdependence, cosmopolitanism deals  
primarily with a specific range of issues: world security, international 
for human rights, financial and economic regulation, migration due to 
economic  conditions and increasingly to climate change, ecologically-sound 
development,  and intercultural dialogue. 
Although the term and many core ideas of the cosmopolitan ethos can be  
traced back to Classic Greek and Roman Stoics, as the term is now used, it is  
based on 18th century Enlightenment thought with its emphasis on  human 
dignity and the full development of the person through education, on the  
primacy of reason, on the rule of law, equality, and solidarity.  While many of 
these elements are also  found in other cultures, their combination into a 
framework for life began in  18th century Western  Europe and from there spread 
to North  America and then the  world. 
The Enlightenment set the foundations of international law as well as the  
basic principles of human rights. Today, a sophisticated contemporary  
cosmopolitan ethos builds on the Enlightenment tradition but places its 
on the way in which local, national, regional, and global levels of 
governance  are explicitly coordinated in the development of a world  
A world citizen cosmopolitan approach is closely linked to the way  Stephen 
Krasner defined an international regime composed of a set of “implicit  or 
explicit principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures around  
which actors’ expectations converge in a given area of international relations.
(See S. Krasner International Regimes (1983) 
Since specific problems facing actors in the field of world politics are  
of an increasingly global nature and since the solutions to them call for 
both  global vision and global cooperation, the relation between the framework  
provided by the cosmopolitan ethos and other approaches to world politics 
such  as the “realist school”, the “institutionalist school” and the “
Marxist school”  needs to be worked out. 
In order to facilitate an understanding of the cosmopolitan-world citizen  
approach and to highlight the increasing use of the term, I list a number of 
 recent books with the term cosmopolitan in the title as well as in the  
content.  The term is even more  widely used in the title of journal articles, 
but I limit myself to recent book  to keep the bibliography to useful 
proportions.  Happy Reading! 
K.Appial Cosmopolitanism/ Ethics in a World of  Strangers (2006) 
D. Archibugi and D. Held (eds). Cosmopolitan Democracy: An Agenda for a New 
 World  Order (1995) 
D. Archibugi.The Global  Commonwealth of Citizens (2008) 
U. Beck. The Cosmopolitan  Vision (2006) 
R. Beardsworth. Cosmopolitanism and  International Relations Theory (2011) 
S. Benhabid. Another  Cosmopolitanism (2006) 
G. Brock and H; Brighouse. The Political  Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism 
G.W. Brown. Grounding  Cosmopolitanism (2009) 
J. Derrida. On Cosmopolitanism  and Forgiveness (2001) 
T. Erskine. Embedded  Cosmopolitanism (2008) 
R. Fine. Cosmopolitanism (2007) 
P. Hayden. Cosmopolitan Global  Politics (2005) 
D. Heater. World Citizenship  and Government (1986) 
C. Rumford. Cosmopolitanism and Europe (2007) 
D. Zolo. Cosmopolis (1997) 

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