The Constitutional Foundations of World Peace

Edited by Richard A. Falk, Robert C. Johansen, and Samuel S. Kim

Subjects: Comparative Education
Series: SUNY series, Global Conflict and Peace Education
Paperback : 9780791413449, 388 pages, July 1993
Hardcover : 9780791413432, 388 pages, July 1993

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Table of contents

List of Contributors




1. Global Constitutionalism and World Order
Richard A. Falk, Robert C. Johansen, and Samuel S. Kim

2. The Pathways of Global Constitutionalism
Richard A. Falk

3. Toward a New Code of International Conduct: War, Peacekeeping, and Global Constitutionalism
Robert C. Johansen

4. In Search of Global Constitutionalism
Samuel S. Kim

5. The Constitutional Element in International Political Economy
James H. Mittelman

6. Ecological Security in an Interdependent World
Patricia M. Mische


7. Grafting the Past onto the Future of the United Nations System
Toshiki Mogami

8. United Nations: Prince and Citizen?
Marc Nerfin

9. IGOs, the UN, and International NGOs: The Evlolving Ecology of the International System
Elise Boulding


10. World Order and the Reconstitution of Political Life
R. B. J. Walker

11. Constitutional Thought versus Value-Based Thought in World Order Studies
Friedrich Kratochwil

12. A Feminist Perspective on World Constitutional Order
Betty Reardon

13. Toward an Ambiguous World Order
Mary Catherine Bateson


14. Protecting Local Autonomy in a Global Constitutional Order
Chadwick F. Alger

15. Politics of Social Transformation: Grassroots Movement in India
D. L. Sheth

16. Constitutionalism and Foundational Values: Philippine Constitutional Authoritarianism Revisited
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz


17. The Role of Constitutionalism in the Transformation of Eastern European Societies
Radmila Nakarada

18. Human Obligation and Global Accountability: From the Impeachment of Warren Hastings to the Legacy of Nurenberg
Ali A. Mazrui

19. In Quest of World Peace: Law and Alternative Security
Burns H. Weston



This book shows how significant a worldwide constitutional framework can be, both analytically and politically, in efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace. The authors are careful to avoid the pitfalls of legalism and moralism that have often afflicted discussion of world governance in the past, and their analyses are rooted directly within contemporary human struggles for peace, justice, prosperity, and environmentally sustainable societies.

The authors demonstrate that when these struggles are examined in light of the planet's changing constitutional framework, their origins and future trajectories are more fathomable intellectually. By examining alternative images of world order, these authors uncover an abundance of practical yet bold policy recommendations for addressing and solving global problems. They also demonstrate that implementing desirable policies can indeed become politically feasible.

This book is a compendium of new ideas for managing threats to peace, enhancing U. N. peacekeeping, establishing an effective global environmental authority, aiding the faltering global economy, nurturing the growth of democracy both locally and globally, protecting human rights and ethnic diversity, holding governments and intergovernmental organizations accountable to those they govern, and nurturing humanitarian values among all people.

Richard A. Falk is Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Robert Johansen and Samuel S. Kim are Professors at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University.


"The book provides a richness of perspectives and scholarship that are/is at the leading edge of the current responses to the crises and opportunities of today's independent world. The reader is left with new and old questions that energize and excite rather than overwhelm." — Gerald Mische, President, Global Education Associates