The study of international relations now goes well beyond state-to-state politics and even regional politics. Technological forces are working their effects on the world as a whole, bringing state and non-state actors into contact with one another. Globalization, Institutions and Governance provides students with a sophisticated and engaging exploration of the often differing impacts of these technological forces and the wider implications of globalization for theories of global governance and the role of international institutions.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Globalization: A Rapidly Changing Field
Globalization confronts all of us, even casual observers, with a bewildering range of observations. One does not have to go far to take notice of these events. At the time of this writing, the European Union (EU) contemplates the rescue of Greece from its budgetary troubles; Iceland, as close to sovereign bankruptcy as a country can get, is struggling with repayment of its huge external debt to the Netherlands and Great Britain; and the hugely successful private company, Google, is considering pulling out of China because of Chinese censorship and human rights violations. German and American fiscal authorities do battle with individuals who would escape the control of national taxation systems by putting money outside the reach of their own ...