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date: 26 October 2021

p. 1027. Culturelocked

p. 1027. Culturelocked

  • Christian Reus-Smit


The rise of non-Western great powers, especially China, raises important questions about how culture affects the global organization of political authority. While some predict that the modern international order will collapse as Western cultural influence wanes, others counter that liberal international institutions can accommodate states and peoples of diverse cultural complexions, ‘Culture’ presents a different view. Historically, all large-scale configurations of political authority have evolved in heterogeneous not homogeneous cultural contexts, and the form they have taken—the institutions they develop, the hierarchies they create, and the rights they distribute—have been deeply affected by the imperative to govern or rule this diversity.

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