1 The state and globalisation







Key Concepts: Sovereignty; Nation state; Non-state actors; Globalisation; Economic globalisation; Political globalisation ;Cultural globalisation; Homogenisation and monoculture; Interconnectedness World government; Global governance.

Key Content

1.1 The state: nation-state and of national sovereignty.

1.1.1 Characteristics of a nation state and of national sovereignty.

• Nation-state – political community bound together by citizenship and nationality.

• National sovereignty – the state’s absolute power over citizens and subjects.

1.2 Globalisation.

1.2.1 The process of globalisation:

• complex web of interconnectedness – the factors driving globalisation are the interlinking of people (social), countries, institutions, culture, economics, technology and politics.

1.2.2 Its impact on the state system.

• Widening and deepening interconnectedness and interdependence.

• Challenge to state control over citizens in areas such as law.

• On the development of international law.

• Humanitarian and forcible intervention.

• The debate between hyperglobalisers, globalisation sceptics and transformationalists, including the realist and liberal views.

1.3 Debates about the impact of globalisation including its advantages and disadvantages.

• The impact of globalisation, and its implications for the nation state and national sovereignty.

1.4 The ways and extent to which globalisation addresses and resolves contemporary issues, such as poverty, conflict, human rights and the environment.

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