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Lorenzo Ornaghi

Aseri – Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

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Lorenzo Ornaghi

Aseri – Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Does Glocal Political Power Already Exist?

Abstract: Large periods of history are usually characterized by equally important moments of change in scientific knowledge and, in particular, in the understanding of political power. We still need to study in depth whether the former provokes (almost of out necessity) the latter, or whether they are “great” because they are favored by the innovation of the paradigms of knowledge. The passage from medieval universalism to the particularism of the modern age represents an extremely interesting analogy when compared to the transformations that are now underway. The example of John of Salisbury’s Policratus, the starting point of this article, is illuminating in our comprehension of the relevance of the interweaving between the persistence of the ancient forms of recognition of power and the search for new forms. The existence of glocal realities is already a fact. Even if it is relatively easy to recognize these realities (a business, a university, a humanitarian association, not a few of the same “parts” which constitute the traditional organization of the State), it is more difficult to define the specific characteristics of the power at their disposal. Moving from the widening gap between “actual” power and “potential” power, the article examines the motives for which the classical definitions of power are always becoming more insufficient in understanding the role now emerging from glocal realities. And, in particular, by looking at how the “command-obedience” relationship is changing also as a consequence of communication networks and information technology, the article analyzes that specific “contamination” within global elements and local elements, which seems to be the main base of glocal political power.

 

Keywords: global-local, power, command-obedience, legitimization, territoriality.

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. The perceptions of politics in the traditional and more widespread social representations can also change by power being modified. For these reasons the article focuses chiefly on the relationship between knowledge of power and global politics. The knowledge of how power comes about and is dealt out in the global system is often still conditioned by models, theories and paradigms linked to the ways in which the State organizes power today. After the breakdown of the jus publicum europaeum and sovereignty, knowledge of power and politics today is paramount to explain the new type of political, burocratic power exercised by international institutions and regimes, equal or unequal alliances between political classes, international and domestic oligarchies, the way in which information technology constantly changes the traditional representations of politics and its very pervasiveness. The article’s concluding thesis is that it is above all the new or not so new approaches characterizing global politics and policies which will prove indispensible for us to adequately get to grips with and suitably systemize the ways in which power currently comes about and is dealt out.

Keywords: knowledge of politics, oligarchies, information technology, jus publicum europaeum, sovereignty.

Lorenzo Ornaghi

Aseri – Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano