GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Professor of Politics and International Studies. Prof Scholte is a convenor of the research initiative Building Global Democracy and a Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation.Prof Scholte is on Research Leave in 2010-11.


Jan Aart Scholte is Professor in PAIS and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick. Before coming to Warwick in 1999, he worked at the University of Sussex, Brighton and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Jan Aart has also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the London School of Economics, the International Monetary Fund, Moscow State University, Gothenburg University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Jan Aart serves on the advisory boards of various institutes and programmes in global(isation) and regional(isation) studies around the world. He is also a former editor of the journal Global Governance (2005-9).

Research Area(s)

Main areas of research are:

  • world-historical-sociological perspectives on social change
  • globalisation
  • governing a more global world
  • civil society and global politics
  • building global democracy

Specific Research Interest(s)

Jan Aart's current research focuses on questions of governing a more global world, with particular emphasis on democracy in this context. In 2008-12 he is coordinating a major international project on 'Building Global Democracy', with a core grant from the Ford Foundation, together with co-conveners in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific. The project will generate half a dozen volumes on subjects such as conceptualising global democracy, learning for global democracy, including the excluded in global politics, structural redistribution for global democracy, and intercultural constructions of global democracy. See


Current research projects are:

Building Global Democracy Programme: projects on Conceptualising Global Democracy, Learning for Global Democracy, Including the Excluded in Global Politics. See

Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance: coordination of a project involving researchers and practitioners from 28 countries; results to be published in book form by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

IMF Relations with Civil Society in Africa: field research in the DRC, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Uganda; results have been published in a report for the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund and will be also as an article for an academic journal.

Globalisation: conceptualising the global, particularly notions of globality as transplanetary social connectivity, in preparation for a third edition of Globalization: A Critical Introduction (to be published 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan).


Prof Scholte is on Reasearch Leave in 2010-11.

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Globalisation and social change; global governance; civil society in global politics; global democracy 

Overview of Publications


Globalization: A Critical Introduction, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 (1st edition 2000).  

Democratizing the Global Economy: The Role of Civil Society. , Coventry: CSGR, 2004.

Civil Society Voices and the International Monetary Fund, Ottawa: North-South Institute, 2002.  

Contesting Global Governance: Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements, (With R.J. O'Brien, A.M. Goetz, and M.A. Williams), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.  

International Relations of Social Change, Buckingham/Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1993, xii + 186pp.  

Edited Books 

Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance, (Sole Editor), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Encyclopedia of Globalization, (Edited with R. Robertson), London: Routledge, 2006.  

Civil Society and Global Finance, (Edited with A. Schnabel), London: Routledge, 2002.  

Key articles in refereed journals 

‘Reconstructing Contemporary Democracy’, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 15, no. 1 (Winter 2008), pp. 305-50. ISSN 1080-0727 

‘Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance’, Journal of Civil Society, vol. 3, no. 3 (December 2007), pp. 305-26 

 ‘Reflections on Agency: A Response to Lipschutz and Martens’, Journal of Civil Society, vol. 4, no. 1 (June 2008), pp. 77-9. ISSN 1744-8689 

 ‘Defining Globalisation’, The World Economy, vol. 31, no. 11 (November 2008), pp. 1471-1502. ISSN 0378-5920.  

‘Global Civil Society: Opportunity or Obstacle for Democracy?’ Development Dialogue, no. 49 (November 2007), pp. 15-27. ISSN 0345-2328 

 Premature Obituaries: 'A Response to Justin Rosenberg’, International Politics , vol. 42, no. 2 (Summer 2005), pp. 390-399.  

‘Governing Economic Globalization: A Response to Keith Griffin’, Development and Change , vol. 35, no. 5 (November 2004), pp. 1049-56

 ‘Globalisation Studies Past and Future: A Dialogue of Diversity’, Globalizations,  vol. 1, no. 1 (September 2004), pp. 102-10.  

‘Civil Society and Democratically Accountable Global Governance’ , Government and Opposition, vol. 39, no. 2 (Spring 2004), pp. 211-33

‘Civil Society and Democracy in Global Governance’ , Global Governance, vol. 8, no. 3 (July-September 2002), pp. 281-304. . Reprinted in R. Wilkinson (ed.), The Global Governance Reader. Abingdon: Routledge, 2005, pp. 322-40.

'The WTO and Civil Society', Journal of World Trade, vol. 33, no. 1 (February 1999), pp. 107-24.  

‘Globalisation, Governance and Democracy in Post-Communist Romania’, Democratization,  vol. 5, no. 4 (Winter 1998), pp. 52–77

 'Global Capitalism and the State' , International Affairs, vol. 73, no. 3 (July 1997), pp. 427–52.

'The Geography of Collective Identities in a Globalizing World', Review of International Political Economy , vol. 3, no. 4 (Winter 1996), pp. 565–607

 Chapters in Books 

'Global Trade and Finance', in J. Baylis and S. Smith (eds), The Globalization of World Politics . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 599-619.  

'Governing Global Finance', in D. Held and A. McGrew (eds), Governing Globalization: Power, Authority and Global Governance . Cambridge: Polity, 2002, pp. 189-208.

 'Civil Society and Governance in the Global Polity', in M. Ougaard and R.A. Higgott (eds), Towards a Global Polity . London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 145-65. 'The IMF and Civil Society: An Interim Progress Report', in M. Edwards and J. Gaventa (eds), Global Citizen Action: Perspectives and Challenges . Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2001, pp. 87-103.

 Working Papers 

Globalisation Studies Past and Future: A Dialogue of Diversity, CSGR Working Paper No. 135/04  - June 2004  

Globalization and Governance: From Statism to Polycentrism, CSGR Working Paper No. 130/04  - February 2004  

What Is Globalization? The Definitional Issue – Again, CSGR Working Paper No. 109/02  - December 2002  

Governing Global Finance, CSGR Working Paper No. 88/02  - January 2002  

Civil Society and Democracy in Global Governance, CSGR Working Paper No. 65/01  - January 2001  

Global Civil Society: Changing the World?, CSGR Working Paper No. 31/99  - May 1999  

The WTO and Civil Society (with Robert O'Brien & Marc Williams), CSGR Working Paper No. 14/98  - June 1998