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"Globalization and the Changing Logic of Collective Action"

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Aida Benbarka

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Transcript of "Globalization and the Changing Logic of Collective Action"

"Globalization and the Changing Logic of Collective Action"
Political Economies of Scale
Three levels of distinction:
1) Public vs. Private goods
2) Specific vs. Non-specific assets
3) Market vs. Hierarchy

Historical Evolution

17th c. Emergence of the nation-state
19th c. First industrial revolution
20th c. Second industrial revolution : rise of economies of scale + welfare states; "civil association"
Late 20th c. Third industrial revolution : Differentiation of goods/assets ; transnationalism
The changing public goods problem
Thesis: Globalization threatens states’ ability to supply public goods.
Incapacity to promote a favorable climate for transnational K or to provide immobile factors of K that retain a national-scale
E.g. labour market, welfare state, environmental protection, ....

Scale shift and the Third Industrial Revolution
1) Flexibilization of production
2) Changing hierarchical form of firms
3) Monitoring through decision-making
4) Segmentation of markets
5) Autonomy of transnational financial markets and institutions

Core argument:
Decline of nation-state and rise of globalization
Decline of collective action
About the author

Philip Cerny is Professor of Global Political Economy at Rutgers University-Newark. He focuses on political theories of the state and globalization.
Globalization: “set of economic and political structures and processes deriving from the changing nature of the goods and assets that comprise the base of international political economy” (p. 596).
Cerny, Philip G.
Collective Action and the Residual State
National collective demands
Transnational pressure on states

“residual state” = mix of civil association and enterprise association (...) with state actors, no longer autonomous (p. 619).
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