Globalization and Governance by Jeffrey A. Hart

By Jeffrey A. Hart

Gobalization and Governance is an neutral assortment written for researchers and scholars of political technological know-how and diplomacy, overseas political economic climate or global politics.

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This resonates well with the Public Choice literature of the 1960s and 1970s that argued in favor of constitutional federalism. , 1961). For Evans (1997), the re-articulation of the state could take two paths. First, to survive, states become meaner and more repressive. Second, states could develop capacities to co-produce collective goods with their citizens. He points out that in the post World War II era, states took upon themselves more functions and responsibilities than they could handle.

In turn, there are immense sources of inertia in our present form of global governance. If some more hierarchic form of global governance were to emerge, it would encroach upon and possibly undermine the conditions necessary for globlization. By itself, globalization has little potential for transforming international relations. What is global governance? The term global governance lacks any accepted definition. As one analyst puts it: The word…presents dangers and opportunities to anyone who would reopen the question of global governance, though the term itself lacks in precision what it offers in its novelty.

However, data for the 1980s suggest that the welfare state has turned out to be quite resilient: the share of welfare payments as a proportion of GNP has not declined significantly (Pierson, 1996). One reason is that the growth of the welfare state since World War II has transformed the politics of social policy; with concentrated and tangible losses but diffused and uncertain benefits, welfare cutbacks are politically unrewarding. Data also suggests that countries with strong economies and/ or significant exposure to external trade have strong welfare states (Cameron, 1978; Rodrik, 1997).

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