chapter  5
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Wither the state? Globalizing politics

The preceding chapters indicate that in many material dimensions there is an increasing interconnectedness and interdependence between previously separate societies. Inter-societal exchanges of management, capital, components, finance, labour and commodities are increasing relative to intra-societal exchanges. In Chapter 4 we examine the way in which the disciplines of political science and International Relations have sought to theorize the impact of these and other changes. It will be remembered that typically they theorize the world in dualistic terms – the world is argued to be globalizing at the level of economics and culture but states remain the primary location for sovereignty and decision making. In this chapter we can examine a radical counter-proposal, the argument that the state too is becoming subordinated to globalization processes and that political activity increasingly focuses on cross-societal issues.