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Globalization: A Basic Text, 2nd Edition by Paul Dean, George Ritzer

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CHAPTER 5GLOBAL POLITICAL STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES

The focal concern in this chapter is the political structures1 involved in globalization. However, these structures, like all structures, are often better seen as processes (and flows) or as encompassing sets of processes. For example, a nation-state or a bureaucracy is often thought of as a structure, but in the main it is the sum of the processes (communication, decision-making, etc.) that take place within it. To put this another way, structures can be seen as “congealed flows.” In that sense, the bulk of this chapter also deals with political processes (and flows). A primary focus of this chapter is to show how the nation-state, and its associated flows and structures, have been transformed within the era of globalization. As global and regional political organizations have emerged, and political processes spill across national borders, the ...

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