The relationship between globalization and local lifeworlds has been central to globalization scholarship. In examining this relationship much attention has been given to the assessment of the impact of globalization on the local both at nation-state and community levels. What is virtually missing from this assessment equation is the role of local leadership. Yet, local leadership as the main conduit or an operative link between the global and the local is a critical factor in the impact of globalization. This paper argues that globalization’s ability to transform the lifeworlds of the local cannot be adequately understood outside the framework of local leadership. The quality of local leadership, particularly the value orientation of local leadership, that globalization encounters at the local space decides the impact of globalization, be it glocalization or exploitation. Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, and Nigeria are used as illustrative cases.
|Keywords:||Globalization, Glocalization, Local Leadership, Local Lifeworlds|
Sociology Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Camosun College, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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