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Chapter 28: Globalizing the World: Science and Technology in International Relations

Globalizing the World: Science and Technology in International Relations

Globalizing the world: Science and technology in international relations
Vittorio Ancarani

THE introduction of advanced technologies to a global economy during the last decade has radically altered the relationships among states while enhancing the presence and effectiveness of multinational enterprises. As Stopford and Strange (1991) have said, “Growing economic interdependence—a much abused word—now means that competition between states and firms for market shares and investment opportunities have become much fiercer, far more intense” (p. 1). The recent slowdown in the world economy is revealing itself to be a stronger and worsening factor in the rivalry between states and firms. Trading blocs and parochial protectionism are likely to be included in the policy packages drawn up by most industrialized ...

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