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2. Globalisation and the State

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In this module, we think about the globalisation and the state, focusing in particular on the extent to which globalisation has undermined – or enhanced? – national sovereignty. Some of the issues touched upon include: (i) the concept of sovereignty; (ii) the relative recency of the ‘nation state’; (iii) the view of the hyper-globalist that globalisation undermines national sovereignty (and the desirability of this end); (iv) the view of the sceptic that the state still retains considerable power despite globalisation; (v) the view of the transformationalist that states still retain power, but nevertheless all seem to be moving in the direction of economic liberalisation; (vi) the concept of the ‘competition state’, which includes both competition between states and within a state; (vii) the extent to which global supply chains encourage co-operation between states; and (viii) the extent to which states are at the mercy of globalisation versus actually driving it.


In this course, Professor Ray Kiely (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the concept of globalisation. In the first module, we think about what ‘globalisation’ actually means, before introducing three different perspectives on globalisation – hyper-globalism, scepticism and transformationalism. In the second module, we think about the extent to which globalisation has impacted the ‘sovereignty’ of the nation state, before turning in the third module to the rise of global governance. In the fourth module, we think about the impact of globalisation on inequality and poverty, before moving on in the fifth module to consider globalisation through the lens of international relations. Finally, in the sixth module, we think about the rise of anti-globalisation political activism via a case study of the Trump administration in the United States.


Ray Kiely is Professor International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. His research focuses on conservative thought and practice in the United States and beyond, and how this relates to globalisation. His recent publications include The Neoliberal Paradox (2018), and he is currently working provisionally called Conservative (Anti-)Globalization, which looks at the extent to which the events of 2016 represent a break from neoliberal globalization.

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