The Critique of Methodology: Nationalism and Discipline Construction of Global Governance Research

Zhenye Liu
2012 Journal of Global Policy and Governance  
The various difficulties which the human knowledge system are facing in being used to interpret the new issues of globalization and global governance, are traced to methodological level to find the crux of the problem, this lies at the heart mythology of methodological nationalism. Methodology nationalism artificially divides human integral knowledge into domestic/international, internal affairs/diplomacy, self/other. It sticks to the stance of the "National Center Theory", stresses on the
more » ... ution of national sovereignty, autonomy and self-sufficiency, stressed on the supremacy of self values and takes it as the universal values. In this paper, based on the critical approaches to the critique of nationalistic methodology, the author explores the methodology of globalism or "nationalism under the globalism perspective" and the possible approaches to the construction of disciplinary knowledge system of global governance. Globalism Methodology stresses the integrity of the human knowledge system, consciously recognizes the relativity of the national sovereignty, emphasizes on significance of the universal values and the same importance of the roles of international mechanisms and non-state actors. This provides an important methodological guidance for global governance research. Under the guidance of globalism methodology, the construction of the knowledge system of global governance research subject should follow a holism, interdisciplinary and multi-paradigm path. The holistic knowledge framework includes the basic theories and methodology of global governance. The interdisciplinary research approach of global governance contains at least the disciplinary knowledge of economics, political science, and moral philosophy, which contains the interdisciplinary interpretation paradigm include: (1) the interpretation paradigm of Global Political Economy, (2) the interpretation paradigm of Global Politics, (3) the interpretation paradigm of Global Ethics. Z. Liu (&) Institute for Globalization and Global Issues,
doi:10.1007/s40320-012-0001-4 fatcat:edpbqmirifexdbc6f77glkp5a4