chapter  5
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Is globalization self-organizing?

ByJOACHIM KARL RENNSTICH

Although in recent years the importance of world-historical trajectories for the development of modern-day “globalization” has been increasingly acknowledged, a number of important theoretical questions remain. The scholarship on globalization often sharply diverges over the issue of its developmental logic, in the sense of what “drives” the long-term development of world-systems, a world system, or even a global (meta) system2 (that goes beyond the social world).