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Dissertation Guide on the Impact of Globalisation in Undermining the Capacity of the Modern State

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Topic: Has Globalisation Undermined the Capacity of the Modern State? 

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the question why globalization is a contentious term. It will look at the relation between globalization as an autonomous process and its effects on state authority. It will explain one of the biggest debates for theorists of International Relations – is state sovereignty in modernity undermined by the forces of globalization.

Introduction: This section needs to highlight the background on the subject, the rationale behind the topic’s choice, the innovation of the research proposed and the structure of the presentation.

Excerpt: The fashion in which globalization has taken to be the new world order, and the manner in which it has established a whole new framework of policy relations, rules and values, makes the very nature of globalization an intriguing and yet challenging subject. Furthermore, the contentious ways in which the forces of globalization operate is another reason for its in-depth and detailed study by contemporary IR theorists and political scientists. The rise of globalization has marked an irrevocable, total, and accelerated shift of ideologies, and a rearrangement of the political and social time-space continuum……………………………………….

This paper will propose an innovative view on the effects, which globalization has on state sovereignty and the capacity of the state to act in domestic and foreign affairs. It will be divided into several sections……………………………


Literature Review: This section needs to compare and contrast different definitions of globalization and state sovereignty. It needs to critically discuss the main literature on the subject and to outline points of contention in academia and among policy – makers.

Here the student needs to consider the works of those, who view globalization as an autonomous process, independent of the state, and those who view globalization as inevitably related to the processes within the state.

Excerpt: Like every question on globalization, the question of its autonomy provokes a deep division of opinion. One group of observers argues that globalization is a process produced by the state or rather, by the system of states (Helleiner 1994, Kapstein, 1994). Scholars from this group argue that the modern global order would not be possible without the support and ‘blessing of the state’ (Helleiner 1996). They tend to argue that globalization, especially economic globalization, is a reversible, discontinuous phenomenon, existent absolutely and ultimately within the realm of the state system.

On the other end of the spectrum one finds theorists like Rosenau and Cerny, who argue that globalization is an independent, external and autonomous process, which accommodates and allows the existence of the state system, not vice versa (Rosenau 1990, 2000, Cerny 1990). Scholars like Rosenau and Cerny hold the position that globalization is a “wholly new set of processes, a separate world of politics, initiated by technologies, which have fostered new human needs and wants” (Rosenau 1990, 2000). Contrary to the first group, the second group of scholars believes that globalization is a self-sustainable and thus irreversible process. They attribute the very existence of globalization on factors, which exist above, although parallel to the state, such as economic markets, technology, and networks. …………


Aims and objectives:

The research aims of this paper are to explore globalization as an autonomous process, which exists outside the boundaries of the state.

Research question

This dissertation seeks to explore the connection between globalization and state sovereignty. It will argue that globalization remains a contentious and controversial issue, because as an autonomous process, it undermines the capacity of the state. Thus the controversy, which globalization provokes comes from its enormous impact on the function and characteristics of the modern state.


Method and Methodology

Qualitative method of research, based on the analysis of academic works, related with globalization such as books, articles, academic journals.


Conclusions and recommendations

This section needs to summarize the main findings systematically, and to present coherent recommendations and fields of future research.


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Clark, I.(2003) “The Security State”. In The Global Transformations Reader, Held,  D. and McGrew, A. (eds). Blackwell Publishing Ltd, UK. p. 177-189

Dahl, R. (2003). “Can International Organizations be Democratic? A Sceptic’s View”. In  The Global Transformations Reader, Held,  D. and McGrew, A. (eds). Blackwell Publishing Ltd, UK p.530-542

Della Porta, D. and Diani, M (2006). Social Movements: An Introduction.  Blackwell Publishing Ltd, UK. p. 93-113

Easterly, W. (2002). The Elusive Quest for Growth. Massachusetts Institute for Technology Press.

Foucault, M. (1984) The Foucault Reader. “Panopticism”,  Paul Rabinow (ed.) Pantheon Books,New York p.206-213

Glenn, J. (2008)  “Globalization’s Alternatives: Competing or Complementary Perspectives”. Government and Opposition, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 79–110, 2008


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Rodrik, D. (2003). “Has Globalization Gone Too Far?” In The Global Transformations Reader, Held,  D. and McGrew, A. (eds). Blackwell Publishing Ltd, UK.  p.379-384

Scholte, J.A.(2006). Globalization a Critical Introduction. Palgrave Macmilian, UK. p. 13-123

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Stewart, H. (2006) “Is This the End of Globalization?”, Published: 5 March, 2005

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Stiglitz, J. (2002). Globalization and Its Discontents. Penguin Books 80 Strand, London England

Tabb, W. (2009). “Globalization Today: At the Borders of Class and State Theory”  Science and Society, Vol. 73, No. 1, January 2009, p.34-53

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Wade, R. and Wolf, M. (2003). “Are Global Poverty and Inequality Getting Worse?” In The Global Transformations Reader, Held, D. and McGrew, A. (eds). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. UK, p.440-447

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