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1 Doreen Massey Lecture hyperlink heidelberg.de/media/geographie /Hettner1998.html

2 The Globalization Debate Agreement on intensification of Interconnectedness Disagreement on how to characterize it: –Conceptualization –Causality –Periodization –Impacts –Trajectories

3 Alternative Perspectives The Hyperglobalist Perspective The Skeptical Perspective The Transformationalist Perspective

4 Hyperglobalist Thesis NEW ERA IT’S ABOUT THE ECONOMY, STUPID REDUCTION OF SOVERIGNTY –Borderless World –Hollowing out of the State WINNERS AND LOSERS –New global division of labor

5 Hyperglobalist Thesis Boosters: Problems, yes; but whole world will improve economically Critics: Globalization creates uneven development; need to consider social and political aspects of development too. (See “Money Lenders”)

6 The Skeptics Thesis IT’S A MYTH –Contemporary levels of global interdependency are not unprecedented. –Really just heightened levels of internationalization between national economies REGIONALIZATION –Three major blocks and national governments remain powerful –North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific STATE IS STILL A PLAYER

7 Skeptics Critique of their world Increasing uneven development No real new international division of labor Global corporation is a myth Economic marginalization leads to fragmentation and growth of fundamentalism “Global governance” and economic internationalization are Western projects

8 Transformationalist Thesis NEW PATTERNS OF STRATIFICATION AMONG ACTORS –State, NGOs, Civil Society, Transnational and Global Governance NO CLEAR END POINT: OPEN ENDED/NON TELEOLOGICAL NEW OPPORTUNITIES STATE BECOMES A CATALYZER

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