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Issue 1: Summer 2004 : Globalization
Updated December 2012

Trends in Globalization

There are several major trends pertaining to globalization, which consist of: demographic, scientific, governance, economic interdependence.

  • Population trends - Decreasing population in developed countries, while increasing population in developing countries, and increased life expectancy
  • Science and technology - Includes the Internet and other computer components as well as GPS, genetically modified food, etc.
  • Increasing integration and interdependence - Includes all areas of economic life as well as an increasing exchange of products and services across national borders through trade
  • Governance - How national and international laws govern the economic activity and transnational institutions.

Table of Contents

Defining Globalization
History of Globalization
Elements of Globalization
Trends in Globalization
Electronic Resources/Finding Aids

Image (above): Globe of the world from the
Theodor Horydczak Collection
(Library of Congress)
Reproduction number: LC-H814- 2271-004-A

These trends are often interdependent and cannot be easily separated. The various factors associated with trends in globalization, has been shown to affect population growth. In addition, advances in technology can have significant impacts on society. Technology has allowed global commercial transactions to take place at increasingly faster rates, and at greater volumes across national borders. This has also led to other challenges regarding global commerce, which involve the complex coordination, interaction and compliance of current international and domestic laws. The information in Section IV., includes literature, as well as news, and statistical sources that assist with researching trends in globalization.

Basic Guides          General Internet Resources          Global Statistical Sources

Basic Guides

Blanchard, Olivier M. Reconstructing the world economy. Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, c2010.
LC Call Number: HB3717 2008 .R435 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2010551648

Its basic focus is proposals to improve the stability of the global economy in light of the recent crisis including immediate policy challenges as well as long-term issue. It contains the Seoul conference papers on: exit strategies, global imbalances, rethinking macroeconomic policy, the future financial system, and reforming the international monetary system.

Dicken, Peter. Global Shift: Reshaping the Global Economic Map in the 21st Century. 4th ed. New York: Guilford Press, 2003.
LC Call Number: HD2321 .D53 2003
LC Catalog Record: 2003001728

Looks at the processes of global economic change and how it impacts the economy.

Global Issues: Selections from The CQ Researcher. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press. 2001-
LC Call Number: JZ1318 .G558
LC Catalog Record: 2003023659
Table of Contents

Annual publication from CQ Researcher. Includes topical articles on relevant issues related to globalization targeted towards college students.

Grayson, David and Hodges, Adrian. Everybody's Business: Managing Risks and Opportunities in Today's Global Society. 1st American ed. 2002 London; New York: DK.
LC Call Number: HD45 .G66 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2001047824

Done in conjunction with the Financial Times, it looks at the business risk in a global society. Includes chapters on the changes in technology, markets, demographics and development, and values. Each section includes a Signposts with further sources of information on the specific topics discussed in each of the sections chapters.

Nye, Joseph S. Jr. and Donahue, John D., eds. Governance in a Globalizing World. 2000. Cambridge, Mass.: Visions of Governance for the 21st Century; Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.
LC Call Number: JZ1318 .G68 2000
LC Catalog Record: 00010678

Divided into three sections, the first section maps the trajectory of globalization in several dimensions-economic, cultural, environmental, and political. Chapter 1 "Introduction " by Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye Jr. is available from the World Wide Web: External Link

Sjursen, Katrin editor. Globalization. 2000. Bronx, N.Y.: H.W. Wilson Co. The Reference Shelf series.
LC Call Number: JZ1318 .G579 2000
LC Catalog Record: 00043887

Contains reprints of articles, excerpts from books, addresses on current issues and studies in the United States and elsewhere. Includes: five sections with an editors introduction followed by relevant articles, a bibliography of books, and a listing of articles with abstracts.

General Internet Resources

BBC World Service External Link

In depth reports explore different facets of the complex, evolving phenomenon of globalization.

Dore, Ronald. Making sense of Globalisation. Occasional paper; no. 16, 2001. London: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science. External Link [PDF format: 88 KB / 27 p.]

Looks at the history and consequences of long-term lower cost, and expansion of the technical possibilities of - transport and communication

Foreign Affairs External Link

Published by the Council on Foreign Relations and includes previews of articles which are indexed by Topic including one on globalization.

Foreign Policy External Link

Article Index organized by subject and includes one for globalization - current and archive articles. Includes the annual Globalization Index done in conjunction with AT Kearney.

Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts. 2002. Washington: Central Intelligence Agency. External Link

Written by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) with the assistance of various nongovernmental institutions and experts, it is a discussion on future estimates on globalization looking. Specifically focusing on trends and drivers: demographics, science and technology, the global economy and globalization, national and international governance, etc.

The Globalist External Link

Contains a daily online magazine focusing global topics. The Research Center offers papers/article on global issues including: economy, finance, history, markets, and more.

Global Trade Negotiations External Link

From Harvard University, this web site provides centralized information resource on global trade negotiations and is entry point to the many trade-related resources on the internet

OECD External Link

Statistics, documents, information by country and by topic. For example under the Topics Tab: Economy, Finance, Trade, etc.

Global Statistical Sources

U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Agency (International links)

A list of international statistical sources organized alphabetically by country.

United Nations Statistics Programs External Link

Links to various statistics programs including regional and agency sources. Includes National Accounts External Link and
Trade External Link

World Economic Forum External Link

Independent global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders. The Knowledge Navigator Center includes country profiles and annual meeting summaries, as well as other information broken down by theme, region/competitiveness profile, and industry.

World Economic Outlook (IMF) External Link

Twice yearly publication that presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects.

World Economic Situation and Prospects and the World Economic and Social Survey External Link

These two publications are published by the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Development - Development Policy and Planning Office and look at the global economic, trade and financial trends.

World Policy Journal External Link

Quarterly publication from the World Policy Institute, focusing on world policy issues on a wide variety of topics. It also includes historical and cultural essays, book reviews, and profiles.

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