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Globalization

Here are the 15 resources from Globalization.

Americans for Informed Democracy's Organizers Toolkit - Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World

Thomas Friedman's bestseller The World is Flat argues that advances in technology are leveling the global competitive playing field and reshaping the challenges and opportunities faced by the next generation of entrepreneurs. U.S. entrepreneurs now compete more directly with businesses around the world, while working more cooperatively with foreign businesses and labor to manufacture and deliver their products. What does the changing global landscape mean for socially responsible global entrepreneurship? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? Americans for Informed Democracy is bringing town hall style discussion of these questions to universities across the U.S. through its Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World initiative.

Resource Link: http://www.aidemocracy.org/entrepreneur.doc

America’s Global Role Issue Guide

Public Agenda.

September 11th dramatically recast how the U.S. engages the world. The U.S. remains, as it has for the past decade, the world's sole remaining superpower. The question of how we relate to the world -- whether on economic globalization, the environment, human rights, global health crises, relations with China and Russia -- needs to be addressed, whatever happens in the struggle with al Qaeda. Public Agenda Issue Guides or “Citizen Choicework Guides” contain background information on the topic and present three different approaches to the issue for people to deliberate.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=americas_global_role

Deliberation in Movement: Why and How to Study Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements

Donatella della Porta.

This paper explores the potential and actual relations between deliberative democracy and social movements. In the first part of the paper, the author focuses on why deliberative democracy is (normatively) important for social movements, and especially for the global movements of today, and, vice versa, why movements are important actors for deliberative processes.

Resource Link: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ap/journal/v40/n3/pdf/5500116a.pdf

Democracy's New Challenge: Globalization, Governance, and the Future of American Federalism

Mark C. Gordon. Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, 2001.

This report seeks to provide a better understanding of the new challenges and opportunities that globalization presents to American democracy. It was conceived as part of Demos' ongoing work to strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and processes. The majority of Demos' research has focused on factors internal to States.

Resource Link: http://www.demos.org/pubs/Democrays_New_Challenge.pdf

Four Simple Principles for Democratic Governance of Globalization

Dani Rodrik.

The fundamental dilemma of the world economy is that markets are straining to become global, while the institutions that are required for their effective functioning - legal, social, and political - remain largely parochial and national. This disjuncture between the reach of markets and the scope of non-market institutions has adverse consequences for both economics and politics. On the one hand, economic integration remains necessarily incomplete, limiting the gains to be reaped from open trade and investment policies. On the other, economic openness raises equity and legitimacy concerns on the part of groups that feel left out and ignored. The author presents four principles to govern reform of global economic structure.

Global Legal Pluralism and Electronic Democracy

Oren Perez.

The paper focuses on one aspect of the globalization process: the emergence of new forms of global law, with unprecedented normative powers. The highly autonomous and intrusive nature of these new legal systems presents the global society with a difficult democratic challenge. It is a challenge to which the contemporary political order (of the national and international levels) has no answer. The paper argues that a proper, and realistic response to this democratic challenge would require the development of novel arenas for deliberation, which could break the mold of the current nationalistic order, and compensate for the absence of a truly universal political framework.

Resource Link: http://www.biu.ac.il/law/unger/working_papers/3-04.pdf

Global Networks for Democracy Promotion: Enhancing Local Governance

Timothy D. Sisk.

This case study describes the global public policy network for democracy promotion and explores the new emphasis on local governance in an era of globalization. One of the principal lessons learned from the democracy promotion field is that local actors need to be more fully and systematically included in the global public policy network if external assistance for democracy promotion is to be more successful. A close, cooperative and equal relationship among local and international actors in this network is critical. Without such relationship, democracy promotion can be perceived as external meddling in a country's politics and power.

Resource Link: http://www.globalpublicpolicy.net/fileadmin/gppi/Sisk_Local_Governance.pdf

Information Technology and the International Public Sphere

Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, President. Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace. Ed. Douglas Schuler and Peter Day. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pp 229-251, 2003.

Information technology and globalization have each been the objects of enormous hope and considerable disappointment. So too is their combination in the notion of an international public sphere supported by the Internet and other communications media. The task of this paper is to outline something of the stakes of thinking about an international public sphere, the role that information technology can play in it, and some of the challenges that lie in the way of realizing its potential. The author discusses IT and the international public sphere against the background of globalization and shifting bases for the production and dissemination of knowledge.

Resource Link: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/calhoun/publications/IT_Int_Public_Sphere.pdf

International Institutions, Globalization and Democracy: Assessing the Challenges

William D. Coleman, Tony Porter.

The advance of globalization has involved additional governance capacity at supranational levels and thereby raised concerns about democracy, which has traditionally been based on the nationstate. For the most part, these governance arrangements take the form of intergovernmental fora, where nation-states are the principal players.

Resource Link: http://globalization.mcmaster.ca/wps/colemanporter.pdf

NCDD Commentary: Report from the World Social Forum 2004

Lars Hasselblad Torres. NCDD, 2004.

Lars Torres submitted this commentary for NCDD's website on January 25, 2004. It begins "There is something refreshing about the world's largest dialogue on globalization, and it is this: encounters with more than 100,000 people from around the world who believe deeply that 'another world is possible.' This statement, the slogan of the World Social Forum since its inception, is a tacit recognition that the world would be better off pursuing a different path than the present neoliberal trajectory of globalization....

Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to fostering knowledge and innovation to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. In their Global Inclusion program, the foundation supports the representation of poor people in global dialogues around intellectual property, economic integration, and appropriate uses of technology. Most of their program areas (Education, Health, Arts & Culture, Globalization, etc.) focus in part on public engagement.

Resource Link: http://www.rockfound.org

The People Speak Highly Recommended

The People Speak (TPS) engages people of all ages and backgrounds in thoughtful discussions about the value of international cooperation for the U.S. and the world. From September 1 to November 30 each year, TPS partners organize thousands of events around the U.S. and the world to explore emerging global challenges and opportunities.

Resource Link: http://www.thepeoplespeak.org

The Sources of Neoliberal Globalization

Jan Aart Scholte. Comparative Political Studies, 35 (4), 2002.

This paper was presented, along with four others elaborating on the relationship between neoliberal globalization and inequality, at a seminar in Prangins in May 2002. The seminar was part of an UNRISD project on Improving Research and Knowledge on Social Development in International Organizations and the papers will be included as chapters in a forthcoming volume edited by UNRISD.

Resource Link: http://www.globalpolicy.org/globaliz/define/2005/10scholte.pdf

The World Future Council

The World Future Council is a new voice in the global political arena – one that draws on our shared human values to champion the rights of future generations, and works to ensure that humanity acts now for a sustainable future. The first meeting of the World Future Council was held in Hamburg, Germany May 10-13, 2007.

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