Does Globalization Diminish The Role Of The Modern Nation State Of Favour Of International Institutions?

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Question: Does globalization diminish the role of the modern-nation state in favour of international institutions?

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Globalization may be conceived as the increasing interconnectedness of the world, creating an ever shrinking global community. Innovative technologies allow people to communicate and materials to be transported at never-before-seen speeds, with ever-decreasing costs. Hence, globalization should naturally limit state 's power; it reduces state revenues, while giving more power to international institutions. These institutions stand as more capable and comprehensive political organizations; creating international norms. However, nation states are the key players in the two-level game of balancing domestic and international pressures, they are best positioned to represent domestic views on the international stage. States, unlike international institutions, have the inarguable and legitimate capacity to enact comprehensive, binding rules upon their members. Globalization, while presenting many challenges to the nation-state, will not remove or lessen the role of the nation-state, particularly not in favour of international institutions, as the central political entity of modernity. Globalism has lead to an increase in global capitalism, which reduces state power giving it instead to multinational companies. Theorists such as Wallerstien have identified an ever increasingly linked global supply chain, as formulated in World Systems (1979). The…

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