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By James N. Rosenau

James N. Rosenau explores the big adjustments which are at present remodeling global affairs. He argues that the dynamics of monetary globalization, new applied sciences, and evolving worldwide norms are clashing with both robust localizing dynamics. The ensuing encounters among various pursuits and actors are rendering household and overseas affairs ever extra porous and making a political area, specific because the "Frontier," in which the search for keep watch over in international politics is joined. He contends that it's alongside the Frontier, and never within the overseas enviornment, that matters are contested and the process occasions configured.

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It cannot be otherwise. There can be no descriptions or interpretations that are not anchored in some larger context, vague and contradictory as that context may be. 3 To be sure, given enough puzzles and anomalies that persist and cumulate, it is possible to modify one's worldview, or even to exchange the seemingly insufficient worldview for a new, seemingly more appropriate one. However, at high levels of abstraction - at, say, the level where one seeks to comprehend the structures that sustain world affairs - such shifts rarely occur.

21 Along the domestic-foreign Frontier transformative dynamics is that of claiming the current era is not unique, of arguing that for every example of change cited one can find a historical equivalent, thereby demonstrating that no event or pattern represents change and is essentially new, and of then concluding that therefore historical comparisons are bound to involve differences in degree and can never yield differences in kind. Thus it can be claimed that the present era is not the only moment in history when disaggregation has marked the loci of governance.

1 (March 1995), pp. 113-22. 15 Along the domestic-foreign Frontier theoretical perspectives not pick up early indicators that huge changes lay ahead? In retrospect, the answer seems obvious. Analysts were prisoners of their theories and were thus insensitive to incidents that could be interpreted as possible shifts in underlying forces. 5 To a large degree, of course, anomalies have much in common with puzzles. Indeed, they would not stand out as deviations from established central tendencies if they did not trigger at least momentary bewilderment.

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