Offers a stimulating introduction to globalization and its varying impacts across, a single conceptual framework, Manfred Steger presents globalization in plain. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction has been fully updated for a third edition, Manfred Steger, author Professor of Political Science at the University of. Globalization has ratings and 75 reviews. Ahmad said: Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #86), Manfred B. StegerFor.

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Feb 25, Jonathan Hockey rated it liked it. Within these prescribed limits, individual nations were free to control the permeability of their borders.

In order to avoid the ensuing problem of overgeneralization, it is important to make analytical distinctions between aspects of social life. In order to overcome this deficiency, we must identify additional qualities that make globalization different from other sets of social processes.

Steger Very Short Introductions. The removal of controls on global financial flows developments related to economic globalization have been the internationalization of trade and finance, the increasing power of transnational corporations, and the enhanced role of international economic institutions like the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO.

For example, the European Community began in with French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman’s modest plan to create a supranational institution charged with regulating French and German coal and steel production. Shelley Cox, my editor at Oxford University Press, has been a shining example of professionalism and competence.

The representatives of the third perspective rightly point to the significance of the time- space compression that occurred in the 16th century. It is by its nature a dynamic topic. Mar 14, Jamie rated it liked it Shelves: This disastrous result was only nar- rowly averted by a combination of international bail-out packages and the immediate sale of Southeast Asian com- mercial assets to foreign corporate investors at rock-bottom prices.

I had really expected more detail on the roles of regional organizations, which seem to me a very important aspect of globalization, so I was quite disappointed by their scant coverage.

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The fourth is imperial globalism. There are no solid logical arguments largely theoretical and it is much more based on the authors own feelings. Broad in scope, concise in examples, eye-opening in context and very instructive in content. There is no question that recent economic developments such as trade liberalization and deregulation have significantly constrained the set of political options open to states, particularly in the global South. The political dimension of globalization.


Separate ideology from the process is helpful. Hence, I suggest that we use the term globality to signify a social condition characterized by the existence of global economic, political, cultural, and environmental interconnections and flows that make many of the currently existing stegwr and boundaries irrelevant. If bg are talking about the ‘cultural’, we are concerned with the symbolic construction, articulation, and dissemination of meaning. They argue that politics has been rendered almost powerless by an unstoppable techno-economic juggernaut that will crush all governmental attempts to reintroduce restrictive policies and regulations.

Intent on creating a stable money environment, they raised domestic interest rates and linked their national currencies to the value of the US dollar. It is by its nature a dynamic topic.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger

These giant firms and their global strategies have become globalizatlon determinants of trade flows, the location of industries, and other economic activities around the world. For example, inthe equivalent of over 2 trillion US dollars was exchanged daily in global currency markets alone. This new financial infrastructure emerged in the s with the globalizatuon deregulation of capital and securities markets in Europe, the Americas, East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Pressured by antiglobalist forces, the IMF and the World Bank were only recently willing to consider a new policy of blanket debt forgiveness in special cases. As the early modern period drew to a close, interdependencies among nation-states were multiplying as well as increasing in density.

The long list of major technological innovations achieved in China during the premodern period include redesigned plowshares, hydraulic engineering, gunpowder, the tapping of natural gas, the compass, mechanical clocks, paper, printing, lavishly embroidered silk fabrics, and sophisticated metalworking techniques. Misses the mark – by far. Advanced forms of technology capable of overcoming existing geographical and social obstacles were largely absent; thus, enduring long-distance interactions never materialized.

First, I want to thank my colleagues and friends at the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa for their consistent support of my research agenda. WorldWatch Institute, April However, not only was the perceived ‘damage’ already done, but segments of the tape – including the full text of bin Laden’s statement gkobalization could be viewed online by anyone with access to a computer and a modem.


Unfortunately, Steger seems to completely lose the plot in chapter 6, which is supposedly about “the ecological dimension of globalization” but is actually just a straightforward description of the way that humanity is damaging the environment.

They also advocated the elimination of tariffs on imports and other barriers to trade and capital flows between nations.

Steger is bland, and a few of his ideas are ludicrous. For example, the engineers who developed laptop computers and supersonic jet planes stand on the shoulders of earlier innovators who created the steam engine, the cotton gin, the telegraph, the phonograph, the telephone, the typewriter, the internal-combustion engine, and electrical appliances.

Steger series Very Short Introductions. Given that these competing labels have very different meanings, their indiscriminate usage is often obscure and invites confusion. Their ability to disperse manufacturing processes into many discrete phases carried out in many different locations around the world reflects the changing nature veru global production.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

The collective priority of all states should be to minimize the impediments to state freedom. Arguing that cultural globalization always takes place in local contexts, Robertson rejects the cultural homogenization thesis and speaks instead of’glocalization’ – a complex interaction of the global and local characterized by cultural borrowing.

We will shlrt the antiglobalist activities of some of these organizations in Chapter 8.

By the early 20th century, these countries entered the world stage as forces to be reckoned with. This event marked the end of the long process of settling all five continents that was begun by our hominid African ancestors more than one million years ago.