The Info List - Global Politics

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Global politics names both the discipline that studies the political and economical patterns of the world and the field that is being studied. At the centre of that field are the different processes of political globalization in relation to questions of social power. The discipline studies the relationships between cities, nation-states, shell-states, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.[1] Current areas of discussion include national and ethnic conflict regulation, democracy and the politics of national self-determination, globalization and its relationship to democracy, conflict and peace studies, comparative politics, political economy, and the international political economy of the environment. One important area of global politics is contestation in the global political sphere over legitimacy.[2] It can be argued that global politics should be distinguished from the field of international politics, which seeks to understand political relations between nation-states, and thus has a narrower scope. Similarly, international relations, which seeks to understand general economic and political relations between nation-states, is a narrower field than global politics.


1 Defining the field 2 Debates 3 See also 4 References

4.1 Notes 4.2 Further reading

5 External links

Defining the field[edit] Beginning in the late nineteenth century, several groups extended the definition of the political community beyond nation-states to include much, if not all, of humanity. These "internationalists" include Marxists, human rights advocates, environmentalists, peace activists, feminists, and dalits. This was the general direction of thinking on global politics, though the term was not used as such. Today, the practices of global politics are defined by values: norms of human rights, ideas of human development, and beliefs such as Internationalism or cosmopolitanism about how we should relate to each. Over the last couple of decades cosmopolitanism has become one of the key contested ideologies of global politics:

can be defined as a global politics that, firstly, projects a sociality of common political engagement among all human beings across the globe, and, secondly, suggests that this sociality should be either ethically or organizationally privileged over other forms of sociality.[3] ”

Debates[edit] The intensification of globalization led some writers to suggest that states were no longer relevant to global politics.[4] This view has been subject to debate:

“ On the other hand, other commentators have been arguing that states have remained essential to global politics. They have facilitated globalizing processes and projects; not been eclipsed by them. They have been rejuvenated because, among other reasons, they are still the primary providers of (military) security in the global arena; they are still the paramount loci for articulating the voices of (procedurally democratic) national communities, and for ordering their interactions with similar polities; and finally, they are indispensable to relations of (unequal) economic exchange insofar as they legitimize and enforce the global legal frameworks that enable globalization in the first place.[5] ”

See also[edit]

Anti-globalization movement Global citizenship Global governance

portal Politics portal

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ See for example, Jan-Erik Lane, Globalization
and Politics: Promises and Dangers, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006. ^ James, Paul; van Seeters, Paul (2014). Globalization
and Politics, Vol. 2: Global Social Movements and Global Civil Society. London: Sage Publications.  ^ James, Paul (2014). Globalization
and Politics, Vol. 4: Political Philosophies of the Global. London: Sage Publications. pp. x.  ^ Matthew Horsman and Andrew Marshall, After the Nation-State, London, Harper Collins, 1995 ^ James, Paul; Soguk, Nevzat (2014). Globalization
and Politics, Vol. 1: Global Political and Legal Governance. London: Sage Publications. p. xlii. ; AG McGrew and PG Lewis, Global Politics, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1992

Further reading[edit]

Held, David, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt and Jonathan Perraton, Global Transformations: Politics, Economy and Culture, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1999. McGrew, AG, and Lewis, PG, Global Politics, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1992.

External links[edit]

Global Power Barometer Center for Global Politics Berlin Forum on Global Politics

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Global governance Global health History of

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Military globalization Political globalization Trade globalization Workforce globalization



Disease Digital divide Labor arbitrage Population Warming Water crisis


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Climate change Climate justice Development aid Economic inequality Endangered languages Fair trade Forced migration Human rights Illicit financial flows Invasive species Investor-state disputes New international division of labour North–South divide Offshoring Race to the bottom

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Transnational crime McDonaldization Westernization American imperialism British Empire World war


Capital accumulation Dependency Development Earth system Fiscal localism Modernization

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Primitive accumulation Social change World history World-systems

Notable scholars

Samir Amin Arjun Appadurai K. Anthony Appiah Daniele Archibugi Giovanni Arrighi Ravi Batra Jean Baudrillard Zygmunt Bauman Ulrich Beck Walden Bello Jagdish Bhagwati Robert Brenner Manuel Castells Noam Chomsky Alfred Crosby Christopher Chase-Dunn Andre G. Frank Thomas Friedman Anthony Giddens Peter Gowan Michael Hardt David Harvey David Held Paul Hirst Michael Hudson Paul James Ibn Khaldun Naomi Klein Antonio Negri George Ritzer Dani Rodrik Jeffrey Sachs Saskia Sassen John R. Saul Vandana Shiva Joseph Stiglitz John Urry Immanuel Wallerstein