Western Values in the Third World: State, Democracy and Globalisation

By Christos Zagkos and Argyris Kyridis.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This paper analysed the relation between Third World countries and the modern political terms of state, globalisation and democracy. At first glance these terms have nothing in common except their western origins. However, our thesis is that the terms state, globalisation and democracy are indirectly related to the Third World in several ways. We argue that these three institutions are tools used by the Western bourgeoisie, in its attempt to dominate Third World regions economically, politically and ideologically. In order to support this argument we divide our assignment into four sections. Firstly, we examine the role and nature of the institution of state in the Third World, secondly, we emphasise the nature and impacts of neoliberal globalisation in these specific regions, thirdly we analyse the democratisation process and the western attempt for political domination in the South and finally we examine the direct and indirect links between the process of economic globalisation and the democratisation process in Third World regions.

Keywords: Third World, Globalisation, State, Democracy, Imperialism

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.183-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 777.083KB).

Christos Zagkos

Researcher, Pedagogical School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Christos Zagkos was born in Patras, Greece. He studied Balkan Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he obtained his P.h.D thesis at the University of Western Macedonia in the field of Political Sociology. He also obtained an M.A. degree in International Relations and International Law at the University of Lancaster, U.K. He has published more than twenty papers in Greek, European and American scientific journals.

Prof Argyris Kyridis

Professor of Sociology, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Argyris Kyridis is a graduate of political science from the Law school of University of Athens where he also obtained his PhD. He holds an Msc in Political science and Sociology from the Birbeck College of University of London. He is currently a professor of Sociology in the Department of pre-school Education at the University of Western Macedonia. He is the author of 20 books and of more than 170 articles published in Greek and international journals.

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