Essay Schreiben Englisch Globalization Articles


Edited by Patrick O'Meara, Howard D. Mehlinger and Matthew Krain.

Indiana University Press; 576 pages; $49.95 ($19.95 paperback) and £34 (£13.50 paperback)

IF YOU want to catch up on some of the best articles written about globalisation since the topic became fashionable several years ago, this reader is the place to start. Meant for students, it pulls together pieces from such different sources as Atlantic Monthly and the Harvard Business Review. It ranges from Samuel Huntingdon's influential essay in Foreign Affairs,“The Clash of Civilisations” (1993), to an article on “The Promise of Genetics” from the Futurist in 1997. Organised by topic (including conflict and security; democracy; economic integration) the book is pleasingly eclectic. For a radical perspective, you can read, for instance, the manifesto of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement of Peru. The book also has a brief guide to globalisation resources on the web.


THE MYSTERY OF CAPITAL. By Hernando de Soto. Basic Books; 276 pages; $27.50. Bantam Press; £15

GLOBALISATION, say its critics, leaves the poor behind. Without capital, you cannot gain from integration. And the poor have next to no capital. In this fascinating book, Hernando de Soto, an expert from Peru on informal economies, agrees and disagrees. Poverty is not due to lack of capital as such, he argues, but to lack of usable capital. The poor in backward countries have assets. But these often take “dead” or defective forms: for instance, houses on land without clear title, which cannot be used as collateral for loans. From his grass-roots research, Mr de Soto estimates that the value of property held, but not legally owned, by poor people in developing and former communist countries is almost $10 trillion—more than 20 times the direct foreign investment these countries have had since 1989.

Unlike the rich world, with its comprehensive networks that track and protect property (contracts, titles, deeds, public record keepers and so forth), poor countries must often rely also on informal systems that work “extralegally”. To become usable as economic capital, extralegal assets must be absorbed into the formal system, as they were, for example, in 19th-century America. It will not be easy. But after reading this book, it is hard not to feel hopeful about the potential waiting to be tapped in poor countries.

RUNAWAY WORLD: HOW GLOBALIZATION IS RESHAPING OUR LIVES. By Anthony Giddens. Routledge; 128 pages; $17.95. Profile; £6.99 (paperback)

THIS thoughtful essay is about modernity as such, not just the economic sort. Each of its five parts—on globalisation, risk, tradition, family and democracy—is an intellectual nugget. The world is no riskier than it used to be, Mr Giddens believes; but contemporary risks—ecological calamity or financial meltdown, for example—tend to be man-made. Modernity means progress; but abandoning traditions also brings addictions and compulsions, as well as fundamentalism, a form of beleaguered tradition.

On democracy, Mr Giddens notes that, though it is spreading to new lands, it is meeting with signs of disillusion in older ones: fewer people vote; more and more claim not to care about politics; interest in non-governmental solutions is on the rise. Democracy, Mr Giddens argues, needs to be “democratised”. By this he means devolving power, fostering “civic culture” and making transnational bodies such as the European Union more open and accountable. Mr Giddens covers so much in so few pages that his conclusions can often sound contentious or trite. But the issues he raises are always thought-provoking.

GLOBAL FORTUNE: THE STUMBLE AND RISE OF WORLD CAPITALISM. Edited by Ian Vasquez. Cato Institute; 295 pages; $18.95 ($9.95 paperback)

THIS collection is less an analysis than a celebration of global economic integration. Published by the Cato Institute, America's leading libertarian think-tank, “Global Fortune” contains essays by writers from four continents. They argue bracingly that market economics offers the best hope for world prosperity. The problem, they think, is not too much integration, but too little faith in liberal institutions.

For Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian novelist and right-wing politician, globalisation offers opportunities to expand pluralism, legality and liberty. Deepak Lal, a top development economist, sees no necessary link between democracy and development. But he offers a robust demolition of the argument that there is a “third way” between capitalism and socialism.

Other authors argue that countries recently hit by crisis—in East Asia, for instance—were afflicted not by global forces but by the wrong kind of government intervention. The book takes a similar line with the world financial system: problems arise not from market failure but from meddling in markets by, for example, the IMF. These essays do not allow for nuance and not all of them are convincing. But they offer robust replies to many of the cruder anti-globalisation arguments.

GLOBAL FINANCEAT RISK: THE CASEFOR INTERNATIONAL REGULATION. By John Eatwell and Lance Taylor. The New Press; 258 pages; $22.95 and £16.95

AN OPPOSITE plea, for more not less international financial regulation, is made by John Eatwell of Cambridge University and Lance Taylor of New York's New School for Social Research. Based on a study for the Ford Foundation, “Global Finance at Risk” argues that integration, for all its benefits, has weakened national financial regulation without providing a satisfactory alternative.

In a world of floating currencies, they argue, financial markets are not self-regulating, pointing to derivative-related collapses and to currency crises in developing countries. To the charge that their idea for a World Financial Authority is Utopian, they reply, perhaps so, but insist it is still worth identifying the regulatory tasks which they claim “need to be done by somebody”.

This article appeared in the Books and arts section of the print edition



1. Definition of Globalization
2. Winners and losers/Positive and negative sides of Globalization
3. Future aspects of Globalization
4. Case studies

1.Definition of Globalization:

Globalization is the process of integration of economy, politic and culture across the whole globe.
In the past the term Globalization didn’t exist but today this word is known in every country.
After the break-down of the UdSSR the process of the Globalization got faster because the cold war was officially ended and the Iron Curtain was opened.
It was easier to trade and the Asian countries were better and easier to reach for innovative investors. The world became safer and more peaceful.
Today the conditions of communication have changed dramatically and companies are able to manage their branches in every other country and they have more relevant possibilities to trade and make business worldwide.
The World Wide Web makes it easier and it opens new markets.
A carpet dealer from Pakistan can sell his carpets over his internet shop in China and Brazil.

Winners and losers/Positive and negative sides of Globalization:

Industrial countries like the USA and countries from Europe invest their capital in poor countries which are in the process of developing.
The industrial countries let build factories and make new workstations in the poor countries.
For example in China or South Korea the foreign companies produce different goods and sell them worldwide.
On this way the industrial countries and the poor countries have advantages.
The industrial country for example USA can use the other country like China as a consumer for their products and save very much money because in China the workers are expensive.
After that the American company can transfer a part of the earned money back to the USA.
While outsourcing a part of the goods which are cheaper to be produced in China as in the USA the American company can save money, too.
Another advantage of the USA is when the seats for the cars can’t produced cheaply, they let do it in China and after that the produced seats come back to the USA an the cars will being finished there.
USA rescues workstations in their country and let to produce only a part of the whole car abroad.
China has advantages, too.
While the foreign companies produce there, they can learn all about the technique and know how to produce goods.
Later they can produce their own goods in a similarly way and they know how to organize the production and to operate machines.
Another advantage is that the foreign companies pay taxes and the host countries make profits of the foreign companies.
Their economical potential is growing and they export goods.
In China for example the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) grows every year.
Last year the GDP was by 10% and the spending power is growing, too.
China and other countries from Asia like India or Taiwan make profits of the foreign companies and their investments.
But the poor working class stays poor and they have nothing of the globalization.
They are exploited by the big concerns as cheap workers and nobody cares for their health.
They are paid very badly and they get short employment contracts for some months or not longer than a year, after that they will being fired without any severance payment.
The most companies don’t care for the problems caused by them and they feel responsibility.
The biggest loser of the Globalization is the African Continent.
Their monocultural economy is not strong against the competition in the world market.
Apart from that Africa often suffers of the bad and unfair Terms of Trade.
Their engineers and all other quality workers emigrate to Europe or USA, so the brain drain is a big problem, too.

Future aspects of Globalization:

The pollution of the environment is a very negative side of the Globalization caused by worldwide industrialization and emissions of CO2.
The consequence of industrialization is the global warming.
The climatologists say that during the next decades the earth’s climate will change dramatically.
Scientists are afraid of the dangerous effects of the global warming.
Nature disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis will be more often than today and many animals lose by global warming their habitat.
The next negative aspect is that poor people get poorer and the rich people earn more and more money.
The poor workers are helpless and get more depend from rich investors.
In Europe you can see today that the standard of living gets worse and people become unemployed. The social dumping isn’t to stop because companies displace their factories in foreign countries to make more profit and to be strong against the big competition on the world market.

Case studies:

The best example for a global player is Coca Cola.
This product ais consumed and produced overall in the world.
If it is in a Chinese or in an Indian restaurant, or it is a supermarket in Southern Africa, you everywhere can by it.
But Coca Cola lets work children and pays them less money as an grown up would get.
Or the companies like Nike and adidas have their factories in poor countries, too.
They let make the needlework by children in Pakistan or in Indonesia.
Siemens has a factory in Malaysia and gives the workers short employment contracts, after the end of employment contract they get fired.

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