To determine the effect of globalization on legislative processes, one must consider multiple levels of analysis: the global, the regional, the national, and the local. At the national level, are lawmaking systems becoming homogeneous as the result of globalization? The democratic form of lawmaking is now the only form promoted by the international system, and countries do feel pressure to fall in line. Nevertheless, within democratic systems, much heterogeneity remains. Thus, the answer to the question depends on the level of abstraction employed by the observer.

At the intersection of national lawmaking with local and global interests, the important question is how globalization affects the structure and meaning of national legislative processes. Whether by coercion or by choice, many governments in the world today pay close ...

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