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1 Globalization Theme: Impact of globalization and related responses

2 Impact of globalization and related responses
Theme Mind Map Different perceptions of globalization Discourses on globalization Economic dimension of globalization Cultural dimension of globalization Reactions towards globalization The mainland and Hong Kong under globalization Impact of economic globalization 3 1 2 5 7 11 4 8 10 Political dimension of globalization Impact of political globalization Factors influencing the spread and evenness of globalization 9 Impact of globalization and related responses 6 Impact of cultural globalization

3 4. Impact of economic globalization
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? To analyze the relationship between globalization and the problem of the widening gap between rich and poor To understand wealth distribution and creation under globalization To assess the effectiveness of global economic institutions in assisting poor countries to eliminate poverty Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? To understand the impact of economic globalization on wealth creation and employment To analyze the relationship between economic globalization and worsening working conditions

4 4. Impact of economic globalization
To analyze the impact of global financial crises on various countries Exploration Journey 3: Global financial crises—— Is globalization the troublemaker? To understand the efforts and limitations of transnational governance institutions To understand the reasons and background of global financial crises To assess whether economic globalization brought more advantages or disadvantages

5 Has economic globalization created wealth
Exploration Journey 1 Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities?

6 What is the impact of economic globalization on employment?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Let's think What is the impact of economic globalization on employment?

7 Does economic globalization promote development?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Does economic globalization promote development? Positive influences Negative influences Creation of wealth Continuous rise in unemployment rate Reduction of costs Mergers and acquisitions create redundant staff Creation of job opportunities Transfer of capital and production of technology Job migration to countries in the South

8 The impact of globalization on employment
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Creation of wealth A country can produce a product at a lower cost than another country. Countries around the world make use of comparative advantage to promote national development. The world’s total production output will Increase. Countries focus on producing and exporting products in which they have a comparative advantage and importing products in which they do not. Most of the newly industrializing countries (NICs) have prospered in a context of significantly increased exports of global goods and services. E.g., Between 1978 and 1993, China’s Gross National Product tripled.

9 The impact of globalization on employment
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Reduction of costs Time and space have been ‘compressed’ under globalization. Transnational corporations find the most suitable production sites across the globe. Workers’ wages, rents, and the prices of raw materials are lower in developing countries. Transnational corporations can reduce costs and earn more profits.

10 Creation of job opportunities
The impact of globalization on employment Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Creation of job opportunities Service industries have significantly expanded their payrolls. Transnational corporations usually create new jobs in areas where they set up new businesses. This alleviates the unemployment problem in developing countries. Subcontracting by transnational corporations brings a large number of workers a livelihood. By 1992, a total of 29 million people were employed.

11 Transfer of capital and production technology
The impact of globalization on employment Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Transfer of capital and production technology International division of labour brings in a large amount of international capital and technology for them. E.g., ‘Silicon Valley of India’: Bangalore

12 The impact of globalization on employment
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Continuous rise in unemployment rate In general, the jobs created under globalization need less labour. As of the late 1990s, over 800 Export Processing Zones (EPZs) across the world generated only 27 million jobs. Total increased employment in the South created less than 700,000 new jobs annually from 1960 to 1990. The end of central planning aggravated the unemployment problem of ‘transition countries’.

13 Mergers and acquisitions create redundant staff
The impact of globalization on employment Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Mergers and acquisitions create redundant staff Mergers and acquisitions led to job overlaps. To cut costs, a large number of people were laid off.

14 The impact of globalization on employment
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Job migration to countries in the South Transnational corporations exploited the possibilities of globalization to move their production facilities to low-wage sites in Southern and Asian countries. This led to job losses in the North. Between 1960 and 1990, some 6 to 12 million jobs were relocated from the North to the South.

15 Is globalization the only cause of unemployment?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Let's think Is globalization the only cause of unemployment?

16 So, globalization is not the only cause of unemployment.
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Is globalization the only cause of unemployment? Other factors leading to unemployment The emergence of new labour-saving technologies (e.g., digital computers and robotics) Other types of unemployment (e.g., Job seekers do not meet the skill requirement of the jobs. This is a matter of structural unemployment.) So, globalization is not the only cause of unemployment.

17 Do workers not have any choice under globalization?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Let's think Do workers not have any choice under globalization?

18 Before globalization, working conditions improved, because:
Do workers not have any choice under globalization? Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Before globalization, working conditions improved, because: Eastern countries practiced state socialism. Workers could obtain substantial benefits. In the North, workers also benefited from the welfare state. Trade unions in many countries in Latin America hold considerable power. They can protect the interests of workers.

19 Do workers not have any choice under globalization?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Globalization has shifted the political balance substantially against workers, because: The global mobility of capital has not been matched with an equivalent global mobility of labour, and so it has boosted the bargaining power of employers over employees. Workers are far more bound to a territorial place and are forced to accept the terms that the jobs offer.

20 Worker protection worsens.
Globalization has shifted the political balance substantially against workers, because: The global mobility of capital has not been matched with an equivalent global mobility of labour, and so it has boosted the bargaining power of employers over employees. Workers are far more bound to a territorial place and are forced to accept the terms that the jobs offer. Do workers not have any choice under globalization? Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Worker protection worsens.

21 Two major problems of worker protection
Do workers not have any choice under globalization? Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Two major problems of worker protection Sweatshops Flexible workers

22 Do workers not have any choice under globalization?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Sweatshops Refer to the poor or dangerous working environment provided by corporations to their staff. For example: Exposure to hazardous materials without proper safety measures Poor hygiene in working places The use of violence or unreasonable measures on employees

23 Do workers not have any choice under globalization?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Sweatshops The governments are not willing to lose the economic benefits produced by corporate businesses. Workers seldom have the chance to complain or look for help.

24 Consumers can do a bit more
Let's learn more Consumers can do a bit more Since the 1990s, a consumer campaign called ‘Anti-Sweatshop Campaign’ (反血汗工場行動) emerged in Europe and the USA. Through opposition and boycott, consumers forced manufacturers to stop exploiting workers. For example, there were large-scale campaigns opposing and boycotting Nike, as the corporation used child labour, and exploited the workers’ interests. Similar campaigns were also launched against other brand companies, such as Gap, Reebok, Adidas, etc. Under public pressure, these corporations started to take the matter seriously so as not to ruin the corporation’s reputation or affect the business performance. They also set guidelines on corporate behaviour and employed experts to supervise if anyone did not follow them, to make sure that the subcontractors respected workers’ interests. 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/glossary.php?cod=109

25 Consumers can do a bit more
Let's learn more Consumers can do a bit more    In the US school campuses, students launched the ‘Anti-Sweatshop Campaign’, in which they made sure the clothes with their university logo were not made under sweatshop conditions, exploiting the workers’ interests. Students from around 200 universities, colleges and secondary schools joined the campaign. If they found out the clothes sold in the school campus were made with the exploitation of workers’ interests, they would boycott the products, and would demand the school to stop business relations with the company or factory. As to Europe, there was the ‘Clean Clothes Campaign’ (乾淨衫運動), forcing different brands and their factories to respect workers’ interests through publicity and consumer education. 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/glossary.php?cod=109

26 Do workers not have any choice under globalization?
Exploration Journey 1: Has economic globalization created wealth and job opportunities? Flexible workers ‘Flexible’ workers: They lack a job for life, change jobs frequently, and need retraining to meet altered market demands. Only a few of these workers are able to earn substantial wages and benefits, have good promotional prospects, or long-term job security.

27 Total marginal workers Proportion of labour force
Let's learn more Different types of marginal workers in Hong Kong (1996-99): Year Unemployment Under- employment Working poor Total marginal workers Proportion of labour force Increase per year 1996 86,100 51,700 306,700 444,500 14.4% N/A 1997 71,300 37,600 361,500 470,700 14.6% 5.9% 1998 157,600 85,400 352,800 595,800 17.7% 26.6% 1999 217,100 103,300 322,800 643,200 18.5% 8.0% 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/print_articles.php?id=31&page=all (Source: Oxfam CyberSchool, Oxfam Hong Kong. Downloaded from

28 Where has all the money gone under globalization?
Exploration Journey 2 Where has all the money gone under globalization?

29 Let's think Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone
under globalization? Let's think Does globalization create wealth, but at the same time cause uneven distribution of wealth?

30 E.g., China’s GDP increased three times between 1978 and 1993.
Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution? Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Poor countries mainly export primary commodities. The prices have been decreasing since the 1970s. Every year, the world’s 48 poorest countries would collectively lose $300 – 600 million per annum. Global products and services of newly industrializing countries (NICs) greatly increased, and thus the NICs became more prosperous. E.g., China’s GDP increased three times between 1978 and 1993.

31 E.g., China’s GDP increased three times between 1978 and 1993.
Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution? Global products and services of newly industrializing countries (NICs) greatly increased, and thus became more prosperous. E.g., China’s GDP increased three times between 1978 and 1993. Poor countries mainly export primary commodities. The prices have been decreasing since the 1970s. Every year, the world’s 48 poorest countries would collectively lose $300 – 600 million per annum. Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Wealth distribution is getting more uneven!!!

32 Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Between 1970 – 2008, the per capita GDP of developed countries increased by more than double. The per capita GDP of developing countries almost remained unchanged.

33 Between 1970 – 2008, the per capita GDP of developed countries increased by more than double.
GDP per capita of developing countries almost remained unchanged. Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution? Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Globalization widened the wealth disparity between the poor and rich countries.

34 Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Under globalization, wealth distribution is becoming uneven. Should transnational corporations be held accountable?

35 Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone
under globalization? Does globalization create wealth but also lead to uneven wealth distribution? Distribution of the retail price of branded sportswear Most of the profits end up in the hands of the brand name company and retailer. Brand name company and retailer: 75% Transport: 0.5% Raw materials: 10% Procuring / trade company: 4.5% Workers can only enjoy an extremely low share of the outcome. Quotas / tariffs: 5% Workers’ wages: 1.75% Factory operation costs: 3.25% (Source: Oxfam CyberSchool, Oxfam Hong Kong. Downloaded from

36 What is the ‘Gini Coefficient’?
Let's learn more What is the ‘Gini Coefficient’?   Gini Coefficient is used to measure the difference in income distribution to compare wealth disparity. Gini Coefficient ranges from 0-1, with 0 indicating complete equality and 1 indicating extreme wealth disparity. The bigger the coefficient, the bigger the wealth disparity. In reality, there is no society with complete equality or absolute wealth disparity, so the Gini Coefficient is within the range of 0-1 all around the world. Poverty Affluence 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/glossary.php?cod=41

37 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Let's think Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?

38 It is difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty.
Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty? Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Debt crisis in the South Crisis management measures by global economic institutions Debt succession It is difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty.

39 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Debt crisis in the South ‧After the Second World War, developing countries in the South were offered large numbers of loans. ‧Together with the loan interest, the payments were so enormous that developing countries found them hard to settle. ‧During , countries in the South increased their global debts by 16 times. Poor countries need to mobilize national wealth to settle debts, so they may not accumulate wealth to invest in development projects.

40 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Crisis management measures by global economic institutions ‧In response to the international debt crisis, the US Secretary of the Treasury James Baker proposed the ‘Baker Plan’, to demand the World Bank and IMF to impose more thorough ‘adjustment’ on the economic policies of debtor nations. James Baker

41 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Crisis management measures by global economic institutions ‧The structural adjustment supervised by the World Bank and the IMF led to a loss of economic freedom which was previously enjoyed by poor countries. The adjustment also failed to resolve the debt crisis effectively. ‧Structural adjustment not only affected the economies of poor countries, but also put an obstacle to their social development. ‧A study pointed out that: the longer the country operates under structural adjustment, the worse its debt burden becomes.

42 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty? To repay the debts, the Third World countries had to cut expenditures in social services, but it had an impact on people’s livelihood. Crisis management measures by global economic institutions (Source: Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, Downloaded from

43 Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty?
Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Debt succession ‧Since the 1980s, developing countries increased their debts continuously: By late 1980s: $1,500 billion  2002: $2,500 billion By 1996, the total debts of the poorest 41 countries in the world amounted to over US$250 billion. ‧An ever-increasing proportion of the new debts was to service interest payments on the old debts and to keep money in circulation. Among the $1,300 billion debts accumulated during , a majority were for the interest yet to be paid. Debts further weaken the capacities of the poor countries to eliminate poverty.

44 Same Earth, Different Fates
Why is it so difficult for poor countries to get rid of poverty? Exploration Journey 2: Where has all the money gone under globalization? Debt succession ‧The debt relief programmes put forward by global economic institutions could not effectively solve the debt crisis. Countries in the North made use of the advantages to protect their own interests in the adverse environment instead of lending a hand to the countries in the South that were facing crisis. Same Earth, Different Fates

45 Let's learn more Groups called on reduction on loan repayments before eliminating poverty Different places around the world called on the affluent countries to exempt a part of the loan repayment by poor countries. For example, over 500 non-governmental groups around the world jointly promoted ‘Make Poverty History’ and the ‘Jubilee Debt Campaign’ in 2005, which aim to eliminate debts for poor countries. 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/glossary.php?cod=16

46 Let's learn more The effectiveness of these campaigns was seen. For example, in 2005, the G8 agreed to exempt countries in heavy debts from loan repayments to institutions like the World Bank, IMF and African Development Fund in response to demands from the international community. Mozambique in Africa was one of the beneficiaries. She could then spend the money, which was previously reserved for loan settlement, on vaccinations for children of the country to build up resistance to fatal diseases. 資料來源︰http://www.cyberschool.oxfam.org.hk/glossary.php?cod=16

47 Global financial crises ─ Is globalization the troublemaker?
Exploration Journey 3 Global financial crises ─ Is globalization the troublemaker?

48 Which financial crises affected the globe?
Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? Let's think Which financial crises affected the globe?

49 Financial crises since the 1980s
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? Financial crises since the 1980s Financial crises in Argentina and Turkey (2001) Financial crisis in Latin America (early 1990s) Asian financial crisis ( ) 1990 2000 Financial crisis in Britain, Italy and Switzerland ( ) Financial crisis in Russia (1998) Global financial tsunami (since 2007)

50 Global financial tsunami
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker?

51 Global financial tsunami
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? Since 2000, the US had been offering ‘sub-prime mortgages’ to individuals with low repayment ability or poor credit records.

52 Global financial tsunami
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? In 2007, the US property market came to a downturn. People could not afford to repay the mortgage loans. Even if they sold their property, the profit obtained still could not cover the debts. They defaulted on their mortgage payments. This led to an outbreak of the US sub-prime mortgage crisis.

53 Global financial tsunami
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? The bad debts of financial institutions increased. The financial institutions started to tighten credit; investors lost confidence in the value of mortgage securities.

54 Global financial tsunami
Which financial crises affected the globe? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? The US financial market plunged. Under the integration of the global financial market, other regions were also affected.

55 Let's think Exploration 3: Global financial crises —
Is globalization the troublemaker? Let's think Can transnational governance institutions enhance the stability of global finance?

56 Efforts to enhance the stability of global finance
Can transnational governance institutions enhance the stability of global finance? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? Efforts to enhance the stability of global finance Since the 1990s, a number of transnational governance institutions have endeavoured to increase stability in global finance. For example, ‧The OECD, WTO and others developed a host of principles and standards for transworld foreign exchange, securities, derivatives and insurance markets. ‧The IMF, joining with other institutions, launched an International Forum on Accountancy Development (會計發展論壇) that aims to build accounting and auditing capacity in developing countries. ‧The International Accounting Standards Board (國際會計準則委員會) has formulated transworld standards on accounting, especially for financial instruments.

57 Inability to effectively stop the spread of financial crises
Can transnational governance institutions enhance the stability of global finance? Exploration 3: Global financial crises — Is globalization the troublemaker? Inability to effectively stop the spread of financial crises High market fluctuation has continued to generate intense insecurity. ‧They were unable to stop the spread of the crises to other parts of the world. ‧Cooperation plans and rescue packages failed to encourage the quick economic recovery of various countries.

58 Let's learn more To stabilize global finance, a number of transnational and private governance institutions have been established since the 1990s. For example, International Organization of Securities Commissions International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) Committee on Financial Markets, OECD The Committee on Financial Services, WTO 資料來源︰http://www.group30.org/ International Securities Market Association (ISMA) G30

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