For millennia, contact between societies was limited to trade or wars, a situation that changed profoundly with the development of global markets serving industrialization. The outcome was the emergence of one global human civilization, and one common future that will depend on the capacity of individuals and societies to manage the potentials for social development.

This edited collection is dedicated to the discussion of four global trends: upgrading the rationality of organizations, individualization, the spreading of instrumental activism and universalization of value-normative systems. The mutual influence of these interrelated trends brings about both constructive and destructive effects in social life, social integration and change.

Contributors examine questions such as: How do global trends pave their way in regions? What are the similarities and differences of regional development? How do agencies cope with the challenges of global trends in regional development?

chapter 1|22 pages


The Challenge of Four Global Trends
ByNikolai Genov

part I|80 pages

Upgrading the Rationality of Organizations

chapter I 2|20 pages

Values and Interests in Processes of Macro-Regional Integration1

ByMax Haller

chapter I 3|19 pages

The European Union and NAFTA as Models of Regional Organization

ByJan-Erik Lane

chapter I 4|17 pages

Contradictions in European Integration

A Global Perspective
ByChris Rumford, Didem Buhari-Gulmez

chapter I 5|22 pages

Regional Integration in East Asia as a Reaction to Global Challenges

ByPatrick Ziltener

part II|69 pages


chapter II 6|13 pages

Elitist Distinction and Globalization

ByJean-Pascal Daloz

chapter II 8|18 pages

Individualization under Precarious Conditions

ByElena Danilova

chapter II 9|17 pages

Globalization and the Transformation of Gender Relations in Asia

ByHabibul Haque Khondker

part III|75 pages

Spreading of Instrumental Activism

chapter III 10|18 pages

Regional Varieties of Global Inequalities

Reclaiming Space for Public Policies
ByKlaus Müller

chapter III 11|15 pages

Changing Market Conditions and the Welfare State

ByMartin Seeleib-Kaiser

chapter III 12|18 pages

Globalization and Increasing Inequality in East Asia

The Case of Japan and South Korea
ByJin-Wook Shin

chapter III 13|22 pages

Social Fields of Technological Innovations

ByBorut Rončević, Dolores Modic

part IV|69 pages

Universalization of Value-Normative Systems

chapter IV 14|17 pages

Universalism, Particularism, and Moral Change

Reflections on the Value-Normative Concepts of the Social Sciences
ByStephen P. Turner

chapter IV 15|12 pages

New Forms of Reflexive Ethnization

Value-Normative Universalism and Ethnic Particularisms1
ByMathias Bös

chapter IV 16|17 pages

Universal Values and Geopolitical Interests

China and India in the Global Competition
ByEmilian Kavalski

chapter IV 17|16 pages

Neo-Liberalism and Civil Society

Sweden and United States in Comparison
BySven Eliaeson

chapter IV 18|5 pages


Striking the Balance and Looking Forward
ByNikolai Genov