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COMMUNITY DEMOCRACY IN A GLOBAL AGE Christopher Leo 41.3520/3
MAJOR QUESTIONS • What has globalization done to democracy? • What can we do about it?
Globalization is the death of democracy Corporations have all the power, governments have none DUELLING IDEOLOGIES • Globalization is the tide that raises all ships • We’re over-governed anyway
Globalization does weaken government Cynicism about politics New political spaces SUMMARY OF MY ARGUMENT • Community-based politics • Non-spatial as well as spactial communities
Rapid technological advance Growth in speed and ease of communication Mobility of investment Expansion of the imagination DEFINITION OF GLOBALIZATION • Freeing international markets • Tariffs • Non-tariff barriers
FREE TRADE DEALS • 151 Participants in WTO • 12 Regional agreements • 160 or more bilateral agreements • Why do they do it?
CONSEQUENCES FOR COMMUNITIES • Decline in power of national governments • Less protection for communities • More central political role for communities