15.3 The International System and Globalization

John Wright

One of the primary characteristics of the contemporary world is “globalization.” But what does this mean?

At its most basic, the term globalization summarizes a situation in which there exists a much greater interconnectedness of actors and political-economic structures around the world and also that these connections are much more immediate in transmission and in effect. Given this, how would these elements affect developments regarding ideology?

To understand how power, and therefore ideology, is operationalized within the international system and with globalization, we need to start first with the levels of analysis issue, which defines the basic parameters of the international system.

Discussion Question

Look up definitions of globalization in different available disciplinary scholarly reference works: political science, economics, sociology, communications. How are they similar? Different?


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