By Wouter de Been, Payal Arora, Mireille Hildebrandt (eds.)
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They can rarely fully escape each other. Studying the new global digital capabilities, then, entails not only a focus on that which is explicitly global in scale, but also a focus on locally scaled practices, whether these are global cities or neighborhoods with activists, to mention two. Many of the globally scaled digital systems, such as the global capital market, are actually partly embedded in subnational sites and move between these differently scaled practices and organizational forms. For instance, the global capital market is constituted both through electronic markets with global span, and through locally embedded conditions, that is ﬁnancial centers and all that these centers entail, from infrastructure to systems of trust.
Existing theory is not enough to map today’s multiplication of nonstate actors and forms of cross-border cooperation and conﬂict, such as global business networks, NGOs, diasporas, global cities, trans-boundary public spheres and the new cosmopolitanism. International Relations (IR) theory is the ﬁeld which to date has had the most to say about cross-border relations. But current developments associated with various mixes of globalization and the new information and communications technologies point to the limits of IR theory and the data it builds on.
For instance, Dezalay and Garth (1995) note that the ‘international’ is itself constituted largely out of a competition among national approaches. 7 The project vis-à-vis the global corporate economy, for example, is then one of harmonizing differences, through the specialized branch of International Private Law referred to as conﬂicts law, or through force. Much of the scholarship on global governance comes from this type of perspective. Saskia Sassen 29 For other early scholars, notably Teubner (2004), the 1990s already contained an emerging global law, centered in the development of autonomous partial regimes.
Crossroads in New Media, Identity and Law: The Shape of Diversity to Come by Wouter de Been, Payal Arora, Mireille Hildebrandt (eds.)