Globalization: The Case for Ideological Realignment?

By Rafal Soborski.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This article engages with the question of the impact of globalization on traditional ideologies by offering a critique of the most influential intervention to this debate to date, i.e., one articulated by Manfred Steger. Steger asserts that the established ideological vocabulary has lost its explanatory potential and so he postulates a realignment of traditional ideological positions centred on the category of ‘globalism’. In this article Steger’s conceptualization of ‘globalism’ is tested against a set of criteria – whether it is established, distinct, and full – but, contrary to Steger, the verdict is negative: ‘globalism’ does not qualify as a political ideology in its own right and is instead classed as a set of interpretations located within the wider conceptual structure of classical liberalism. The conventional category of classical liberalism is thus vindicated as a meaningful indicator of a distinct set of political beliefs reflected in the globalization debate.

Keywords: Political Ideology, Globalism, Classical Liberalism

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.202MB).

Dr. Rafal Soborski

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology,, Humanities, Social Sciences, & Communications, University of Richmond and University of Surrey, Brighton, UK

Rafal Soborski is currently finalizing his PhD thesis which focuses on the major ideological interpretations of the concept of globalization. He is also a lecturer at Richmond, the American International University in London, where he teaches a range of politics and sociology subjects.


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