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Chapter Five: The Emerging World Order

Section 1: Introduction


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 "Heroine's Patriotic Emotion" a Chinese classical dance performed by Nicole Chen of the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts, 1998. Scanned photo from photosession.



Since social systems obey common principles, one would expect the trends toward democracy and friendship followed by nations would be shared by the human world system. This is the position of this paper. However, special characteristics of this largest social system require some additional justification. The world system is by far the largest and most culturally diverse social system. More significantly, the world system is unique in that it does not have to compete with any external social systems; thus, it lacks the competitive pressures that help shape lesser systems.



Some would question the appropriateness of considering the world as a system. Nations seem to conduct relations on a haphazard basis, with sporadic interruptions by war. The existence of international law has been characterized as a Western illusion. When directed to the UN, skeptics scoff at its ineffectiveness. It appears as a bull session for generating lofty ideas with no means of enforcement.



There are two responses to the doubts posed above. The first is that the future is not limited to the present. The forces increasing the interdependence among nations are bound to have an effect on the world order. The second response is that there may be more order and more enforcement of the order than appears at first glance.







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