The Rise of the Civilizational State
The Rise of the Civilizational State
In recent years culture has become the primary currency of politics – from the identity politics that characterised the American 2016 election to the push back against Western universalism in much of the non-Western world.

Much less noticed is the rise of a new political entity, the civilizational state. In this pioneering book renowned political philosopher Christopher Coker looks in-depth at two countries that now claim this title: Xi Jinping’s China and Vladimir Putin's Russia. He also discusses the Islamic caliphate, a virtual and aspirational civilizational state that is unlikely to fade despite the recent setbacks suffered by Isis. The civilizational state, he contends, is an idea whose time has come. For whilst civilizations themselves may not clash, civilizational states appear to be set on challenging the rules of the international order that the West takes for granted. China seems anxious to revise them, Russia to break them while Islamists would like to throw away the rule book altogether. When seen in the round, Coker argues these challenges could be enough to give birth to a new post-liberal international order.
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  • January 2019 (pb)
    January 2019 (hb)
  • 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • 9781509534623
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Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Liberal Civilization and its Discontents
  • Chapter 2 – Civilizational Myths
  • Chapter 3 – Imagining the West
  • Chapter 4 – Cultural Darwinism
  • Chapter 5 – The Civilizational-State
  • Chapter 6 – The Once and Future Caliphate
  • Chapter 7 – A Post-Liberal world
About the Author
Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Reviews

‘Considerable erudition and inventiveness run through this analysis of Western and non-Western political forces which have exploited the language of civilization to promote nationalist or statist objectives. The Rise of the Civilizational State is highly recommended to all students of contemporary global transformations.’
Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University

'Civilization is one of those words that is central to our lives but that often hides in plain site. In this gem of a book, Christopher Coker explores multiple possible meanings of civilization both historically and in terms of its contemporary significance. It is, as always with Coker, brilliantly written and shines an impressive and illuminating light on one of the most pressing issues of our day: what is the future of civilization (and indeed, of civilizations) in the world of today and tomorrow.'
Nick Rengger, St Andrew's University

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