From World System to World Society?

  • Alberto Martinneli Università degli Studi di Milano


In the paper, I first argue that we live in a fundamentally interconnected global order, integrated by complex patterns of exchange, hierarchy and solidarity among multiple global actors which are increasingly aware of their interdependence and common fate. However, a universal world society does not exist yet. I then discuss the role played by international collective movements, non-governmental organizations and epistemic communities in shaping a transnational civil society and an international public space. And finally I evaluate the main factors either favoring or hindering the institutions and values of a system of global governance.
How to Cite
Martinneli, A. (2005). From World System to World Society?. Journal of World-Systems Research, 11(2), 241-260.
Globalizations from ‘Above’ and ‘Below’: the Future of World Society