Ana Rita Ferreira is a PhD student and Researcher in Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University and at the Centre of Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho. She also has been a visiting PhD student at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Mozambique. She holds a BA in Communication Sciences (Journalism stream) from the Social and Human Sciences Faculty of the New University of Lisbon, and a post-graduate degree in Political Science (Political Theory branch) from the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University. Her main areas of interest are political ideologies and the role of the Welfare State. Her most recent publication is Ideologias Políticas Contemporâneas: Mudanças e Permanências [Contemporary Political Ideologies: Changes and Permanencies], edited with João Cardoso Rosas.
Slaughter provides the most compelling and authoritative description to date of a world in which government officials--police investigators, financial regulators, even judges and legislators--exchange information and coordinate activity across national borders to tackle crime, terrorism, and the routine daily grind of international interactions. National and international judges and regulators can also work closely together to enforce international agreements more effectively than ever before. These networks, which can range from a group of constitutional judges exchanging opinions across borders to more established organizations such as the G8 or the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, make things happen--and they frequently make good things happen. But they are underappreciated and, worse, underused to address the challenges facing the world today.
The modern political world, then, consists of states whose component parts are fast becoming as important as their central leadership. Slaughter not only describes these networks but also sets forth a blueprint for how they can better the world. Despite questions of democratic accountability, this new world order is not one in which some "world government" enforces global dictates. The governments we already have at home are our best hope for tackling the problems we face abroad, in a networked world order.