Share via Email It was the anti-globalisation movement that really put globalisation on the map. As a word it has existed since the s, but the protests against this allegedly new process, which its opponents condemn as a way of ordering people's lives, brought globalisation out of the financial and academic worlds and into everyday current affairs jargon.
A trend that has dominated economics and trade for decades appears to be coming to an end. As a percentage of global GDP, world exports, which have been on a slow steady decline in the past two years, have peaked.
Fines on multinationals have reached record levels. Donald Trump, an opponent of free-trade deals all his public life, is about to become president of the United States.
These signs point to the slow death of the form of globalisation that the rich world has invented, refined and patrolled since the end of the second world war. For many, the period from to marks the high-water mark of such policies — a period that came to an end with global financial crisis.
There is a worry that these years resemble the previously most integrated period of world history: This ended bloodily with the first world war.
However, history does not necessarily repeat itself. It is important to note that global prosperity is bigger than any one nation. Some of the reason for the flattening off in the globalising trend is mathematical: India is probably the only country that has the potential to mount a transformation of similar scale and global consequence.
Also a number of fast-growing nations could re-energise the pattern of global growth. Yet these feel like the wrong questions and answers. We need to settle whether globalisation in its current incarnation aids or relieves poverty in an equitable way.
Fairer arrangements will help poor nations get richer. Trade is not a zero-sum game: But the world that exists has not been designed this way.
The thinking that has dominated recent decades comes from classical free-trade theory — which holds that although imports do cost jobs, exports will generate new ones and competition keeps prices low, so, over time, everyone gains.
However, recent academic research tells a different story. When economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at the impact of the trade relationship between the United States and China they found a heavy cost to American workers.
When jobs vanish, the MIT paper found, the better-trained workers would bounce back, but many blue-collar workers did not. Losses in manufacturing are magnified by being geographically concentrated — and entire communities were punished. The trick is not to retreat behind walls. That would see a return to beggar-thy-neighbour policies and the threat of war.
Policymakers must go back to watching the numbers that matter to left-behind communities: International prices must be fairly set so exports are not artificially expensive and imports are not artificially cheap.Globalisation came to be seen as more than simply a way of doing business, or running financial markets - it became a process.
From then on the word took on a life of its own. The Guardian view on globalisation: its death is the making of it Editorial.
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In this essay, we introduce the complex subject of economic globalization. We hope that you will gain a greater understanding of a movement that has done more to change lives, cultures, phi-losophies and even religious beliefs than any other social force in more than fifty years.