The Third Wave in Globalization Theory

Martell, Luke (2007) The Third Wave in Globalization Theory. International Studies Review, 9 (2). pp. 173-196. ISSN 1521-9488

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This article examines a separation made in the literature between three waves in globalisation theory – globalist, sceptical and post-sceptical or transformationalist - and argues that this literature requires a new look. The article is a critique of the third of these waves and its relationship with the second wave. Contributors to the third wave defend the idea of globalisation from criticism by the sceptics but also try to construct a more complex and qualified theory of globalisation than provided by first wave accounts. The core new argument of this article is that third wave authors come to conclusions that try to defend globalisation yet include qualifications that in practice reaffirm sceptical claims. This feature of the literature has been overlooked in debates and the aim of this article is to revisit the area and identify and bring out this problem. This has political implications. Third wavers propose globalist cosmopolitan democracy when the substance of their arguments do more in practice to bolster the sceptical view of politics based around inequality and conflict, nation-states and regional blocs, and alliances of common interest or ideology, rather than cosmopolitan global structures.

Item Type: Article
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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Luke Martell
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 13:24
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