Essay on The Role of Local Governments in the Global Economy

6967 Words Jul 15th, 2012 28 Pages
NOYO OSAGHAE
1/30/2012
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THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN A GLOBALIZED ECONOMY
Recent developments in the global economy would seem to suggest that it is in the interest of states to be integrated into the global economy, although it is also obvious that most would like to do so in the most beneficial and equitable ways. The increase in the number of states seeking membership in the World Trade Organization is perhaps evidence enough that states, whether developed or underdeveloped, democratic or non-democratic, want to play a role in the World Liberal Order. The circumstances under which states are influenced to be integrated into the global economy
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According to her “While globalization gives rise to global cooperation, global local tensions surface as localities adapt to economic, technological and societal changes brought about by this process”. The method of adaption stated, is through the process of “Glocalization” which she defines as “a merging of global opportunities and local interests, aiming to create a more socio-economically balanced world, which calls for the accommodation of global perspectives to local conditions, as well as for a more pronounced role of local actors addressing global challenges”. She further explains the function of Glocalization as “making cities key players in decentralized foreign policy, diplomacy, trade and inter-city projects forwarding social and economic development. This activity happens through the creation of coalitions where local governments serve as a balancing force to international private and public sector organizations in the framework of joint projects”. This viewpoint emphasizes the importance of the reform of globalization to be spearheaded by local leaders as they are more sensitive to social and cultural needs and closer in proximity to citizens than their national counterparts.
The author analyzes these local responses…