S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.29 No.1/2 (2000)
Globalization and State Power
- Weiss, Linda
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- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.29 No.1, pp. 1-15
- Globalization is widely perceived as the master concept of our time. Yet a consistent definition remains elusive. Ironically, while participants in the globalization debate disagree over the meaning and extent of the phenomenon, they are largely united in the view that globalization impacts negatively on state power. In many cases, definitions of globalization presuppose in a somewhat circular manner the very outcome (of state retreat) that demands empirical investigation. A more fruitful conceptualization allows for the possibility that globalization may actually complement and co-exist -as opposed to undermine or compete—with national socio-spatial networks of interaction. This in turn paves the way for a more nuanced appraisal of the differential impact of economic openness on the capacity for national governance. Specifying the conditions under which state capacities may be either enhanced or diminished, sidelined or strengthened, remains the key task for students of the politics of international economic relations.
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