Why Study Globalization? Developments, Actors, Resistance

  • Laura M. Portnoi


‘In ‘Why Study Globalization?’ Portnoi highlights the broad developments and trends that have been central to the heightened nature of contemporary globalization since WWII. Highlighted developments include technological advances, especially in the area of information and communications technology; economic globalization and the retreat of the welfare state; the shift from post-Fordism to Fordism; the advent of the global knowledge economy; international mobility and transnational migration; and shifting cultural patterns. Another area of focus is the launch of the aid and development regime, and the various types of global governance institutions that have emerged. Portnoi also explores the development of the neoliberal Washington and post-Washington Consensus that have guided international aid and development since the 1970s and highlights resistance to neoliberal globalization.


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  • Laura M. Portnoi
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  1. 1.California State UniversityLong BeachUSA

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