Globalization “How Valid Is the View That Globalisation Cannot Be Controlled by National Government?”



    Globalization can be defined as the continuously increasing interconnectivity that exists among individuals, groups and nations of the world that makes them interdependent.   Globalization is the interconnectivity of one country to another.   It can also be defined as a network of relationship among nations of the world.

   According to Wikipedia (2011) (online), “globalization is the transnational circulation of ideas, languages, or popular culture through acculturation”. Any part of the world which experiences this is said to be globalized.  Globalization is a “Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world”. (Answers (2011)

    Globalization is a current phenomenon that has turned the world into a global village.  Globalization is aided by some factors such as information technology, multinational companies/transnational companies’, global organizations and international trade between nations of the world.  

    Globalization has impacted the world in so many different ways socially, politically and economically.   Over the years, the political aspect is one which has been greatly impacted on by globalization.  The establishment of certain organizations such as the European Union, The United Nations, etc. that lead different countries has also questioned the impact of globalization on the world.  Member states work in accordance with the rules of the organization which brings them together.  These organizations have certain powers over the member states.  Due to these powers over the member states, controversies have been raised concerning the impact that globalization has on the sovereignty of states and the ability of national government to control the effects of globalization.

    This controversy has lead to a debate by three schools of thought. They are the hyperglobalizers, the sceptics and the transformationalist.