Globalization, Localism & Sustainability

"I define globalization as the inexorable integration of markets, transportation systems, and communication systems to a degree never witnessed before -- in a way that is enabling coporations, countries and individuals to reach around the world farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before, and in a way that is enabling the world to reach into corporations, countries, and individuals farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before." [Thomas L. Friedman. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002, p.3 (HV6432 F75/Suzz)]

Supporting  &   Related   Pages:

Internet Sites: 

  • The Globalization Website [] "Globalization is a contentious process. Ever since the term was first used to make sense of large-scale changes, scholars have debated its meaning and use..."

  • Commission on Globalization: Convening the Community of Stakeholders [State of the World Forum] "At the beginning of the 21st century the world is in a unique and unprecedented situation. In every facet of human endeavor, from science to commerce, religion to culture, and from politics to media, human interactions are increasingly interrelated, mutually interactive, and occurring at a global level. This process of cross-sectoral and international interaction is known generally as globalization, particularly in financial and business spheres where market economics, combined with advances in science and technology, have literally subsumed the entire world into a single increasingly integrated system with profound cultural, environmental, and societal implications."

    "A Commission bringing together all the major stakeholders is both unprecedented and historically imperative. For centuries, the nation state has been the preeminent actor on the world stage. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, there are additional players: certainly the nation state, but also the global corporations and, increasingly, civil society. All are demanding seats at the table of governance."

    Videos and Films:

    • The Global Assembly Line by Lorraine W. Gray "Traveling from Tennessee to Mexico's northern border, from Silicon Valley to the Philippines, The Global Assembly Line takes viewers inside our new global economy. ... the lives of working women and men in the "free trade zones" of developing countries and North America, as U.S. industries close their factories to search the globe for lower-wage workforces."


    Globalization's failures highlighted at forum, Seattle Times, May 12, 2002; By The Associated Press

    "The conference on "glocalization" -- a coinage by the forum's organizers referring to attempts to involve local leaders in global issues -- was initiated in part because of former Israeli diplomat Uri Savir's concern that increasing economic integration hasn't been accompanied by peace or stability."


    Special Issue on Globalization: Economic Geography; Worcester, Jul 2002; Vol.78, Iss.3 [ On-Line]

    Amin, Ash, "Placing Globalization," Theory, Culture and Society 14(2), 1997, 123-37 [reprinted in: Bryson, John, Nick Henry, David Keeble, Ron Martin, eds. The Economic Geography Reader: Producing and Consuming Global, Capitalism. Chichester: Wiley, 1999. (pp.40ff.) ISBN: 0-471-98528-7 Paper, 494 Pages. [HF1025 .E192 1999/Suzz]

    Berndt, Christian. Corporate Germany between Globalization and Regional Place Dependence: Business Restructuring in the Ruhr Area. Palgrave, June 2001, 288pp.

    Crouch, Colin and David Marquand, eds., Reinventing Collective Action: From the Global to the Local. Blackwell, 1995. [JC336.R43.1995]

    Paul Ekins, "Economic Policy for Environmental Sustainability," pp.33ff.; first published in Political Quarterly, 1995.
    Michael Piore, "Local Development on the Prossive Political Agenda, pp.79ff.

    Dicken, Peter. (2004) Geographers and 'globalization': (yet) another missed boat?. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29:1, 5-26

    Ebo, Bosah, ed., Cyberimperialism? Global Relations in the New Electronic Frontier. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001. [HD30.37 C93 2001]

    Gereffi, Gary, David Spener, and Jennifer Bair. Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA. Temple Univ. Press, Philadelphia 2002. [pp.147ff. "Post-Nafta Plant Closures and Layoffs"] [HD9940 N72 F74 2002]

    Gomory, Ralph E. and William Baumol. Global Trade and Conflicting National Interests. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000. [HF1713 G5665 2000]

    Helleiner, Eric. "Financial Globalization and Social Response? A Polanyian View," Chapter 9 (pp.168ff.) in: Timothy J Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas, eds., Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility. N.Y.: Palgrave, 2001. [HG3891. S77. 2001/ Suzz]

    Hirst, Paul & Graham Thompson. Globalization in Question: The International Economy and the Possibilities of Governance. 1996, Cambridge : Polity Press ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 2nd edition, 1999 [Bothell/CCC Stacks HF1359 .H575 1999]

    1. Introduction: Globalization - A Necessary Myth?
    2. Globalization and the History of the International Economy.
    3. Multinational Companies and the Internationalization of Business Activity: The Consequences of 'Globalization' for National Systems.
    4. North-South Trade and International Competitiveness.
    5. The Developing Economies and Globalization.
    6. Can the Welfare State Survive Globalization?
    7. Economic Governance Issues in General.
    8. The European Union as a Trade Bloc.
    9. Globalization, Governance and the Nation-State.

    Jussila, Heikki, Roser Majoral, Fernanda Delgado-Cravidco, eds., Globalization and marginality in geographical space : political, economic and social issues of development in the new millennium. Aldershot ; Burlington, Vt., USA : Ashgate, 2001 [Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HD73 .G56 2001]

    Khor, Martin. Rethinking Globalization: Critical Issues and Policy Choices. London: Zed Books. 2001. [HC59.7 K46 2001/Suzz]

    "The income losses from falling terms of trade probably constitute the largest single mechanism by which real economic resources are transferred from South to North. These losses adversely affect the sustainable development prospects of the South as they contribute to the debt problem and to persistent poverty in many communities." (p.29)

    O'Riordan, Tim., ed., Globalism, Localism and Identity: Fresh Perspectives on the Transition to Sustainability. London: Earthscan Publications Ltd, 2001 [HC79.E5.G5975].

    Schaberg, Marc. Globalization and the Erosion of National Financial Systems: Is Declining Autonomy Inevitable? Cheltenham: Elgar, 1999. [HG173.S264.1999]

    Welfens, Paul J.J., et al., Technological Competition, Employment and Innovation Policies in OECD Countries. Springer (Berlin), 1998 [HF1414.T4 1998/Suz]

    p.69: "While European companies themselves may be able to retain competitiveness by shifting production out of the high-cost Standort to a lower-cost Standort, new economic activity must be found to replace the loss of the old activity in order to maintain the high living standards..."

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