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.

Domestic Responses to the Pressures of Globalization

Domestic responses to the pressures of globalization


This chapter will focus on the ways that domestic actors and institutions respond to the pressures of globalization. The globalization of trade and capital puts pressure on states around the world to open their markets to foreign competition, reduce barriers to trade, and subscribe to other neoliberal economic policies favoured by the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and other international economic institutions. States vary greatly, however, in the benefits they will reap from globalization as well as the costs they will face. This is because globalization creates winners and losers – some have much to gain, while others are marginalized or are left worse off. States also vary in their national ...

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