MC 202 spring 2011 Lecture Notes

MC 202 spring 2011 Lecture Notes - MC 202 spring 2011...

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Democracy and Globalization-- Lecture I: Course Introduction and Course Orientation The course will introduce for Madison freshmen the interdisciplinary and multi-faceted subject matter of public affairs in the U.S and in other state-societies around the world ; We examine both the national-comparative and global dimensions of public affairs in these countries and regions. Questions and Theses Democracy and Globalization What are the dilemmas experienced by advanced and emerging (transitional) democracies in the contemporary era of globalization? What are the differential effects and impact of globalization in its myriad sub-forms – cultural, social, economic and political – on democratic and democratizing nations? Does globalization foster or threaten democracy? Philosophically, we are guided by Immanuel Kant’s quest for perpetual global peace which he argues will be fostered by the resolution of the challenges that have occurred as a result of the dual thrusts of national democratization and globalization. Comparative Studies--US, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Europe We examine that globalization plays in fostering new trends in national democratic politics. We examine democracies in relation to questions of as sovereignty and multilateral global action. We explore these democracies’ efforts to achieve economic interdependence. We analyze the socio-cultural transformations that democracies are producing such as new forms of citizenship including civil societies, social movements and ethnic, racial, religious, and Diaspora identities. Defining Globalization: Its Features: Integration and Linkages Stretched social relations Intensification of flows Increasing interpenetration Its Infrastructure Nation-states Individuals and groups Information and Communication Technologies International Organizations Multinational corporations Global cities SLIPPERY, DANGEROUS AND IMPORTANT Globalization is the most slippery , dangerous and important buzzword of the late twentieth century. It is slippery because it can have many means and be used in different ways. It is dangerous because too often it is used as a powerful and simplistic justification for the endless expansion of unregulated capitalist relations into every part of life in every corner of the globe. It is important because debates about globalization can illuminate a world in which time and space have been so dramatically compressed that distant actions in one corner of the globe have rapid and significant repercussions on people and places far away. Defining Democracy: As defined in 201, still essentially ‘liberal’ in institutional configuration Democratic state institutions with universal suffrage and governance structures that ensure equal representation, accountability and checks and balances Democratic civil societies who are assured political rights and civil liberties
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course MC 201/202 taught by Professor Na during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.

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MC 202 spring 2011 Lecture Notes - MC 202 spring 2011...

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