The Global South: Politics, Policy & Development
POLS 3560 – Fall/Winter 2011/2012 – Ananya Mukherjee-Reed
Lecture 14 – Is the World Becoming Flat with Globalization? – Feb 7
Globalization and Inequality
- Three views
o Globalization has reduced inequality.
o Globalization has caused inequality.
o Globalizations not to blame for inequality, domestic policies are to blame.
The Flattening Hypothesis
- The ten flatteners and steroids:
o Collapse of Berlin Wall – 11/’89.
o Netscape – Netscape and the Web.
o Workflow Software – The ability of machines to talk to other machines with
no humans involved.
o Open Sourcing – Communities uploading and collaborating on online
o Offshoring – The internal relocation of a company’s manufacturing of other
processes to a fo