Key Thinkers That Influenced Tony Blair

1982 Words Dec 7th, 2014 8 Pages
Economic Globalization is the ever increasing movement of capital investment around the globe, fueled by the increase in cross boarder relationships and the explosion of the internet and other communications services. Anthony Giddens one of the key thinkers that influenced Tony Blair in his time in parliament, described the process of Globalization as being ‘the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa’ (Giddens 2013). Giddens and Blair were both strong advocates in the advantages of Globalization and alongside the prosperity it can bring to both developed and developing nations.
What they and others such as the Department for International Development (DID), a large American government organization believe is that Globalization is not about the west being dependent on the exploitation of the poor. Instead the DID speaks directly about ‘drawing countries into the global economy and increasing their access to modern knowledge and technology, as it could lead to a rapid reduction in global poverty’ as stated in the White Paper of 2000. It speaks about a monitored left wing neo-liberal way of commerce and trade that Allen and Thomas (2000) refer to as a transformationlist approach in which ‘unprecedented intensity and geographical embrace of contemporary processes of globalization’ (361:2000) Allen and Thomas (2000) refer to both neo-liberal and…
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