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  • Copyright: 2010-02-05
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Author Biography

Lui Hebron and John F. Stack's Globalization demystities the rhetoric surrounding one of the most hotly debated topics among scholars, commentators, and policymakers. Presenting arguments for and against globalization, this brief text examines a wide range of views on the economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of globalization and exposes their underlying frameworks, methodologies, and expectations. Throughout, Globalization compares rhetoric and reality and argues that there is no one way to understand this complex phenomenon.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Globalization in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 1
Globalists and Antiglobalistsp. 1
Debating Globalizationp. 5
Whither Globalization?p. 6
Globalization as a New World Shangri-Lap. 7
Globalization and a Brave New World Reprisedp. 8
Debating Globalizationp. 9
Globalization Is Good for the Worldp. 9
Globalization Is an Unrealistic Hopep. 9
Plan of the Bookp. 13
Key Termsp. 14
Five Questions to Considerp. 14
Further Readingsp. 15
Notesp. 15
Conceptual Perspectives on Globalizationp. 18
Introduction: Untangling Globalizationp. 18
Economic Globalizationp. 20
Political Globalizationp. 22
Cultural Globalizationp. 24
Debating Globalizationp. 25
Why Measuring Globalization Mattersp. 25
Who Measures Globalization and Wnyp. 26
Conclusion: The Multidimensionality of Globalizationp. 27
Key Termsp. 27
Five Questions to Considerp. 27
Further Readingsp. 28
Notesp. 28
Market Integrationp. 32
Introduction: The Logic of Global Economic Engagementp. 32
Reality Check: Integration In Finance and Tradep. 34
Debating Globalizationp. 36
Greater Economic Integration is Beneficialp. 36
Global Economic Integration Is Illusoryp. 36
Debunking the Myths: Exclusion from the Clubp. 37
Conclusion: Incomplete Integrationp. 41
Key Termsp. 42
Five Questions to Considerp. 43
Further Readingsp. 43
Notesp. 44
Growth and Developmentp. 47
Introduction: The Neoliberal Promise and Hopep. 47
Reality Check: Development, Growth, and Poverty Reductionp. 48
Debating Globalizationp. 51
Globalization Promotes Developmentp. 51
Globalization Destabilizes Economiesp. 52
Debunking the Myths: Why the Neoliberal Model Fails Poor Statesp. 53
Promoting Inequality and Povertyp. 54
States, Development, and Globalizationp. 56
The Problem of Failed and Failing Statesp. 57
Conclusion: Making Globalization Work for Allp. 58
Key Termsp. 59
Five Questions to Considerp. 59
Further Readingsp. 60
Notesp. 60
Democratizationp. 65
Introduction: Great Expectations or False Hopes?p. 65
Reality Check: Marginalization, Fragmentation, Disintegrationp. 66
Marginalizationp. 67
Fragmentationp. 67
Disintegrationp. 68
Debating Globalizationp. 69
Globalization Promotes Democracyp. 69
Globalization Diminishes Democratic Governancep. 70
Debunking the Myths: Self-Empowerment and Ngosp. 72
Empowered Individuals and Groupsp. 72
Nongovernmental Organizationsp. 75
Conclusion: "Fragmengration"p. 77
Key Termsp. 79
Five Questions to Considerp. 79
Further Readingsp. 79
Notesp. 80
Sovereigntyp. 82
Introduction: Globalization and State Sovereigntyp. 82
Reality Check: Economic Sovereignty Redefinedp. 84
Debunking the Myths: The Age of Micro- and Macrogovernmentsp. 86
Debating Globalizationp. 87
Regulation Needs to be Reasonablep. 87
Globalization Needs a Regulatory Frameworkp. 87
The Rise of Micro- and Macrogovernmentsp. 89
Microgovernments: Devolutionp. 90
Macrogovernments: Regionalizationp. 92
Conclusion: The Future of the Nation-Statep. 93
Key Termsp. 94
Five Questions to Considerp. 94
Further Readingsp. 94
Notesp. 95
Culturep. 99
Introduction: The Backlash Against Cultural Globalizationp. 99
Globalization and Authenticity: What Price Harmony and Homogenization?p. 101
The Politics of Resistance and Discordp. 102
Reality Check: The Americanization of the Globe?p. 105
Debating Globalizationp. 106
Cultural Annihilation Is a Mythp. 106
Cultural Matters Impact Globalizationp. 107
Debunking the Myths. The Globalization of Americap. 108
"World" Englishp. 108
"Global" Entertainmentp. 110
Conclusion: The Evolution of Global Culture, The "Glocal"p. 111
Key Termsp. 113
Five Questions to Considerp. 113
Further Readingsp. 113
Notesp. 114
The Environmentp. 118
Introduction: Race to the Bottomp. 118
Reality Check: Over Exaggerationp. 120
Debating Globalizationp. 124
Climate Change and the Green Economyp. 124
Environmental Crisis and Global Governancep. 125
Debunking the Myths: Global Partnerp. 126
Conclusion: Sustainable Development Via the Environment Meets Globalizationp. 130
Key Termsp. 131
Five Questions to Considerp. 131
Further Readingsp. 132
Notesp. 132
Globalization for All?p. 137
The Pros and Cons of Globalizationp. 137
Globalization's Bleak Future Prospectsp. 138
Political Disempowermentp. 138
Economic Uncertaintiesp. 139
Debating Globalizationp. 141
The Glass is Half Full-Globalization's Challengesp. 141
The Glass is Half Empty-Globalization's Leadership Crisisp. 142
Globalization's Hope: Confronting Poverty and Political Indifferencep. 143
Increasing the Pie (Three Dimensions Crucial to Reform)p. 143
Key Termsp. 145
Five Questions to Considerp. 145
Further Readingsp. 146
Notesp. 146
Indexp. 148
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