Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 6, No 2 (2013)

On The Political and Social Coordinate of Globalization

Ionut Stefan, Florin Iftode


This study concerns the political and social dimensions which make up the semantic universe of globalization. These coordinates must be “completed” by the other two coordinates: the economic and the cultural ones, presented in the previous study. The political dimension tries to offer us the means for understanding and conceptually relaunching the notion of nation-state. The issue of the sovereignty of the nation-state must be rethought in the context of globalization. Redefining the fundamental presumptions from which we depart in our research may be a very important operation. The nation-state must be rethought starting from the world as a whole for all the nation-states on Earth. Certain economic or social matters need the finding of certain political solutions applicable at an international level. After WWII, certain political institutions, such as the UNO, for example, impose especially in respect to solving conflicts at an international level. In what the social dimension of globalization is concerned, the issue of rethinking a new international basis of what the specialty literature calls “the new world social consciousness” arises. How are state or regional communities influenced by this phenomenon called globalization? Beyond the social differences, which, at their turn, are influenced by tradition, culture, geography, economy, religion, etc., we shall be able to conceive humanity as a whole which deploys in the same world, consumes the same types of resources, has the same needs, and manifests the same types of behavior. All these ingredients are the “building bricks” which we shall use to conceptually reconstruct the new type of consciousness at world level.


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