Globalization, the State and Conflict (SIP)

Led by Scott Gates

Jan 2001 – Dec 2004

Trade, foreign investment, and other forms of international economic interactions have grown throughout the post-World War II period. The present lack of any opposing world system has given these phenomena a near-universal status and has given rise to an extensive debate on the consequences of ‘globalisation’. The problem is that globalisation is not uniform. Its nature and extent vary considerably across regions of the world as well as within individual countries. The first subproject will map out the patterns of globalisation between and within countries. The primary goal will be to develop a dataset of indicators of globalisation, specifically including trade, foreign direct investment, migration, etc. The second subproject will study the effects of globalisation of violent conflict, through intervening factors such as economic development, income distribution, political transformation, ethnic fractionalisation, and environmental change and directly drawing on our measure of globalisation.

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