Global Transformations: States, Markets and Societies

Contemporary globalization has provoked profound changes in the way we participate in democratic practices (or not), in the way we do business, in the way we communicate, and in the way we organize ourselves and our societies. Many authors have observed that the tenor of globalization has changed as a result of its extensity, intensity, velocity and impact in the last two decades. Too often studies of  globalization focus on the economic impact and ignore the social dimensions of globalization. It is the purpose of this course to bring together the new global stakeholders: states, markets and societies. Globalization  is viewed in this course as hybridization where existing forms and practices recombine into new forms and new practices. Hybridization extends to states, markets, media and civil society because globalization  generates forces of both fragmentation and integration (“fragmegration”) in all of these fields. Structural hybridization can be observed in the political economy, in hybrid economic formations; in space and time, in the coexistence of the premodern, modern and post-modern; and in the transformation of states, business regulation, and in public-private partnerships between business and society. It gives rise to a plurality of new  mixed forms of cooperation and competition. The state, market, citizen and media hybrids that have evolved in response to the democratic challenges of globalization are the subjects of this course. Beyond these  broadly outlined topics, specific subjects of the course include: corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, the new media, and multi-stakeholder global governance.


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