Category Archives: Globalization

Future Global Shocks – OECD

Read Disruptive shocks to the global economy are likely to become more frequent and cause greater economic and societal hardship. The economic spill-over effect of events like the financial crisis or a potential pandemic will grow due to the increasing … Continue reading

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Globalization, the Knowledge Society, and the Network State: Poulantzas at the millennium

In State, Power, Socialism, Nicos Poulantzas conceptualized a state that materializes and concentrates power and displaces the class struggle from the economic to the political arena. In the past twenty years, much has changed. We argue that economic relations have … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu and Worldwide Higher Education

Read This paper maps the global dimension of higher education and associated research, including the differentiation of national systems and institutions, while reflecting critically on theoretical tools for working this terrain. Arguably the most sustained theorisation of higher education is … Continue reading

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Neoliberal Globalization: Is There an Alternative to Plundering the Earth?

Read Is there an alternative to plundering the earth? Is there an alternative to making war? Is there an alternative to destroying the planet? No one asks these questions because they seem absurd. Yet, no one can escape them either. … Continue reading

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Global Governance Through Transnational Network Organizations – Civil Society Self-Organization

When the topic of global governance or post-national governance arises, it generally does so in the context of the co-operation between nation states, international agreements and the role of international organizations. As opposed to this, global governance through the self-organization … Continue reading

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The Complexities of the Global

Read I am not seeking to characterize here the complexity sciences in general, but just to outline some characteristics of ‘complex relationality’ relevant to the subsequent analysis of global relationships. Overall, complexity science investigates systems  that adapt and evolve as … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and Hegemony in the New Millennium

Neoliberalism and Hegemony in the New Millennium Gramsci wrote “that the modern prince, the myth-prince cannot be a real person, a concrete individual. It can only be an organism, a complex element of society in which a collective will, which … Continue reading

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Forecasting 2011’s risks affecting the economic and political landscape

Top forecasters predict where this year’s economic and political risks will be and why they matter. While the specter of the financial crisis still looms, countries are emerging from its wake and becoming part of an increasingly interconnected, dynamic political … Continue reading

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The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and Researching Education Policy

Bourdieu did not write anything explicitly about education policy. Despite this neglect, we agree with van Zanten that his theoretical concepts and methodological approaches can contribute to researching and understanding education policy in the context of globalisation and the economising … Continue reading

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Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society

Dialogical Self Theory provides a comprehensive social-scientific theory that incorporates the deep implications of the process of globalization, and its impact on individual development. Hubert Hermans and Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka present a new and compelling view of the historical changes in … Continue reading

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