Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, March 06, 2009

Globalization's end?

Karen Coston's reminder to me about Foreign Policy also pointed me at this article about globalization. If you're asking your students to read things about globalization, this would be a good addition to the syllabus.

Think Again: Globalization

"Forget the premature obituaries. To its critics, globalization is the cause of today’s financial collapse, growing inequality, unfair trade, and insecurity. To its boosters, it’s the solution to these problems. What’s not debatable is that it is here to stay.

"'Globalization Is a Casualty of the Economic Crisis.'

"No. That is, not unless you believe that globalization is mainly about international trade and investment. But it is much more than that...

"'Globalization Is Nothing New.'

"Yes it is...

"[T]he current wave of globalization has many unprecedented characteristics. As Internet access penetrates the most remote corners of the globe, it is transforming the lives of more people, in more places, more cheaply than ever before—and the pace of change is accelerating faster than we can hope to chronicle it...

"'Globalization No Longer Means Americanization.'

"It never did...

"'Great Power Politics Are Back.'

"They never went away. We only thought they did...

"'Globalization Is by and for Rich People.'

"Go tell the Indians. Or, for that matter, the Chinese, or the emerging middle classes in Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam, and countless other countries that owe their recent success to trade and investment booms facilitated by globalization...

"'Globalization Has Made the World a Safer Place.'

"Not really...

"'The Financial Crisis Is a Symptom of Globalization Run Amok.'

"No, you just think it is. Longtime antiglobalization activists... may feel vindicated by the present state of affairs... Yes, globalization has multiplied the number of problems that no organization or country can solve on its own... The need to collaborate in solving collective problems is as obvious as the difficulties in achieving solutions...."

See also: Globalization and the state

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