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GEA+2011+Steger,+chap.+4+Politics+final - Steger,chap.4

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Click to edit Master subtitle style  2/19/11 The political dimension of globalization Steger, chap. 4
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 2/19/11 Political globalization Refers to the intensification and expansion of political  interrelations across the globe. Political globalization raises questions about: the principle of state sovereignty the impact of intergovernmental organizations the prospect of future regional and global governance Political globalization shows politics has evolved  beyond the framework of the nation-state.
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 2/19/11 Modern nation-state system and warfare The nation-state is based on collective identity linked  to discrete territorial boundaries: “us” vs. “them” The belief in the superiority of one’s own nation  provided basis for large-scale warfare, at the same  time that huge production capabilities of the nation- state system provided the industrial goods and  weapons to fight total wars of the 20th century.
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 2/19/11 Current “state” of the nation-state  Old territorial borders have become more permeable  in contemporary globalization. Sharp conceptual borders and cultural lines have  likewise softened.
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 2/19/11 Hyperglobalizers vs. globalization sceptics Two different assessments of the fate of the modern  nation-state: Hyperglobalizers see radical “deterritorialization” of  politics, rule, and governance since 1960. Economic and technological forces are driving political  globalization. Globalization sceptics see the nation-state as  continuing to be a relevant “container” of modern  social life. Emergence of regional blocs are evidence for new forms of 
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 2/19/11 Their different assessments raise 3 questions: 1. Is it true that the power of the nation-state has been  curtailed by massive flows of capital, people, and  technology across territorial boundaries? 2. Are the primary causes of these flows political or  economic? 3. Are we witnessing the emergence of global  governance?
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 2/19/11 Seven basic tenets of the nation-state model: 1. Sovereign nations recognize no superior authority. 2. Nations make and enforce their own laws. 3. A nation’s objectives trump international objectives. 4. Cross-border attacks concern only nations directly  involved. 5. All nations are equal but not equally powerful. 6. Differences among nations are settled by war. 7. The goal of all nations should  be to allow other 
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 2/19/11 Modern nation-state reaches its pinnacle Near the end of World War I, on Jan. 8, 1918, US  president Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to Congress  articulating the principle of national self- determination, called his ‘Fourteen Points’ speech.
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