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Issue 2015, 1: Global polity and policies

Nowadays, not just States, but thousands of political institutions as well are producing rules and procedures, organizing human cohabitation on a global scale, in a form of heterogony of ends. This new order is in continuous evolution, created by an innovative global polity that is destructured, manifold, non-uniform, and incoherent.

On a number of relational levels, and with different functional goals, not only States and international institutions, but also businesses, non-governmental organizations, public-private bodies, regional and local administrations, inter-governmental bodies, and national and super-governmental courts are all helping to create global polity and its relative global policies. More than ever, an interdisciplinary orientation is needed in order to reflect on this new global political form and its concrete expressions, bringing together different approaches and methods, perspectives, and perhaps even interpretations. Is it possible to identify a ruling global community? Who inspires the world’s objectives? In other words, what are the goals of this participation in global polity? And is present-day international law able to guarantee the right to participate?  Global polity appears to be a system with two levels: state and global. But is this truly the case? Could a global constitutional law exist and provide stability to global polity? And would it threaten or foster the development of the present forms of democratic rule? These are just a few of what could be the defining questions in search of new and innovative answers. To limit the search for responses to the economic institutions alone would only reaffirm a cliché that has clearly been rendered obsolete by the interlocking complexity of power.

Prefatory note
Prefatory note This issue takes Glocalism’s cultural and scientific offering a step further towards a greater awareness of how profoundly glocalization touches the global situation, being involved not only in its social and cultural transformations but above all in the problem of its governance.
Current Issue's Articles
Anatomy of the Lockerbie bombing: Libya’s role and reactions to al-Megrahi’s release. By K. J. Ani, U. O. Uzodike Abstract:  Despite its long historical antecedents, terrorism is amongst the growing realities of the national history of contemporary sovereign states.
Beyond the discourse of globalization. By R. Robertson Abstract:  This paper deals with the ways in which discourse concerning planet earth is being transcended.
Global polity e policies: verso forme nuove di conoscenza del potere. By L. Ornaghi Abstract:  Global polity and policies are a forceful new factor in the changing face of power, both how it is exercised and legitimatized.
La théorie des régimes dans un monde globalisé : entre évolutions et résistances. By F. T. Zoungni Abstract : In 1982, in the journal “International Organization”, was published a special issue on international regimes. This special edition was reprinted a year later as a collective book under the direction of Stephen D.
Resilient development and environmental justice in divided territory: political ecology in the San Diego-Tijuana bioregion. By K. Haines Abstract:  This paper explores issues in the expansion of environmental justice rhetoric to the developing world, and propose insights from resilience theory, political ecology, and bioregionalism as supplements.
Taking salience seriously: the viability of Ronald Dworkin’s theory of salience in the context of extra-territorial corporate accountability. By D.B. Dennison Abstract : In his posthumously published article “A New Philosophy for International Law”, Ronald Dworkin advocates for the use of “salience” as means for generating international law.
The emergence of global administrative systems: the case of sport. By L. Casini Abstract:  The “global” dimension of sport is, in the first instance, regulatory, and it embraces the whole complex of norms produced and implemented by regulatory sporting regimes at the international and domestic levels.
The evolution of civil society and the rule of law regarding female genital mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan. By R. Cardone Abstract:  International human rights law relies on state sovereignty to localize suggested policy with codification and enforcement in an attempt to reconcile universalism with particularity.
Transparency and participation in the global polity: lessons learned from food and water governance. By D. Bevilacqua and F. Spagnuolo Abstract : Within the global polity several global regulatory regimes overlap and intersect without establishing one single and unitary legal order.