“Globalisation is a process in which the world appears to be convergingeconomically, politically and culturally” (Needle, 2015). Nowadays, financial markets, industry, and politics areall internationalized. The occurrence of this has increased transfer of wealthacross countries; it has increased communication throughout the world, anincreased importance of trade in the economy and an increase in internationaltrade policies. Globalists celebrate the economic growth as it means less poverty.It also has improved literacy, numeracy and health which also help with livingsustainably.
However Globalization has had detrimental effects on the economy hascreated many challenges around the world. Globalisation is cut in to six mainaspects; firstly there is international trade and the creation of the globalmarketplace. Globalization can be viewed as an enhance to the amount ofinternational trade. There are globally organized production and investmentflows, Migration, communication flows, Cultural flows and rapid technologicalchange around the world. Globalisation integrates markets in the worldwideeconomy, leading to the joining of national economies. Markets wherebyglobalisation is particularly common include financial markets, insurance markets and product markets, such as markets for electronics,motor vehicles and agriculture. Globalizationhas influential and played huge part in the development of businesses to ensurethey expand into different parts of the world. More interlinked markets meansthat there will be an increased flow of goods, services, money,information/ideas.
There are three main competing views on globalization, eachof them discussing different positives and negatives impacts that areassociated with globalization. The three different perspectives are theneo-classical perspective, the Marxist/Socialist perspective, and theStructuralist view. The first competing view is the Neoclassical perspective, thisview argues that overall history and current economics have joined together to forma new relationship where nations are uniting both economically and politically.It’s very essential for countries to come collectively in both of these aspectsin order to be a success in the globalized world. The neoclassical/neoliberal competing view shows that the world’seconomy is controlled more by the existing market. It shows that If trade wasso essential to expanding markets, thus allowing increased productivity itwould be very easy to show how trade around the world would be so beneficial (AdamSmith, 1790).
Foremost it gives an amount of funding that assists the increase inthe amount of money available to trade internally. Furthermore, it enables moreof a market development across the globe. An example of this could be twocountries selling two pairs of goods, if one country has an “absolute advantage”in producing one set of goods and the other country has an absolute advantageof producing their set of goods, they would each be specialized for their owncountry for selling the goods they have. The advantage of having this is that both countries will mainlybenefit from this provided that the trade is fair.
In addition, trade and theeconomic success enables many types of countries to both develop and profitfrom a huge economic change into the markets overseas to be able to acquirecheaper resources/materials. However, this could be a potential problem as countriesthat are significantly better at producing and countries which are moreadvanced would benefit from this whereas countries that aren’t as developed wouldn’t,simply because of lack of growth and development and thus making it harder totrade. A man named David Ricardo refined Adam smith’s theory by arguing that withtwo countries, if one country (country A) was better than the other (country B)at producing, then that country will be known for that particular produce. Forexample, he uses trade between twocountries being England and Portugal explain how it assists Portugal to importcloth even if Portugal can produce cloth with less labour than England. Currenteconomists portray that England has a comparative advantage in producing cloth.Ricardo states, “To produce wine in Portugal, it must have 80 men for ayear, and to produce the cloth in the same country, it must have need of 90 menfor the year also. Thus it would be advantageous for them to export wine inexchange for cloth”(David Ricardo, n.d)Dueto globalisation rising alongside the increase in accessible/useable technologyand convenience of improved transportation, technology has made it easier forpeople to communicate across countries and has also lead to a decline in thecost of transportation.
It is now cheaper and more efficient to transport goodsfrom one place to another. During the progress of globalization the change intransport was considerably high which shows that the globalized transportationhas had a great change in profitability because there are bigger ships fortaking onboard more produce and therefore the transporting of the flow of goodsbetween countries has dropped (BBC.co.uk, 2014). A major change with transportation costs has enabled businessesto acquire greater profits. This is from changing ideas within the business bymoving the place they create products (Heshmati, 2003).
In addition to this, Companiescan now work electronically by the transfer of files via the internet, and thisenables the possibility to have meetings without every member being physicallypresent. This has led to lower long distance communication costs and theexchange of information is drastically easier than ever before. Internationalbusinesses can now telecommunicate with others through the use of email,telephone conferences, and videoconferences. The increase in telecommunicationsdevelopment had to do with a cause-effect relationship between technologicaldevelopment and the deregulation of financial market policies. (Czaputowicz,2007). Thesecond competing view is the Socialist or Marxist perspective.
This competingview argues that globalization has led to an increase in the inequalities of countries/nations.Marxist argues on exactly how unequal nations are currently how globalisation playsits part in those inequalities. Firstly, Marxist was in agreement with smiththat capitalism led to unprecedented growth but he also made the point thatthere was a huge flaw. He believed the social system of capitalism is veryunfair, he believed that owners of capital are able to exploit their advantageof certain access to recourses and some political powers are in the hands of afew people.
The more wealthy nations are continuing to increase their status ofwealth whilst the poorest nations/countries are continuing to remain poor. Ithas been established that 20% of the world’s richest population control 86% ofworld gross domestic product, as well as 82% of world exports. In comparison tothe world’s poorest 20% population consume 1.3%. Rising countries such as India and China havereduced poverty and have shown an increase in economic growth since they tookon open economic policies in the 1990’s (Cheng and Mittlehammer, 2008). It is vitalto put these policies in place so that more countries will want to partake inglobalisation. In some parts ofthe world there are no guarantees that the wealth from inward investment will assistthe local community of the less developed countries.
Often, some of the profitsare sent back to the MEDC where the TNCs are based. If it becomes cheaper tooperate in another country, the TNC might close down the factory and make localpeople redundant. However, if countries which are stilldeveloping acknowledge that they will not have to suffer from inequalities,they might find it quite beneficial for them to join in the globalisation process.A study found that foreign investment has had a positive impact on economicgrowth when country-specific factors are taken into account (Carkovic andLevine, 2002). Some of the main factors are financial development, schoolattainment and state income. Thefinal competing view is the Structuralist writer’s perspective. This specific competingview differs from the other two perspectives in various ways.
Firstly, thiscompeting view has a belief that there isn’t a main reason behind globalisation.For a Structuralist writer’s perspective, Globalisation is considered to havejust progressed over the years. Secondly, globalization could be veryinfluential however it’s an unknown occurrence and the predictions of itsoutcome will not be known for many years down the road. After the Second WorldWar, a development of economics was created in belief that LDC’s (Lessdeveloped countries) could not follow the same footsteps of the more developedcountries. Additionally,TNCs (transnational corporations) were to help bring wealth and foreign currency to localeconomies when they buy local resources, products and services and thereforethe extra money created by this investment can be spent usefully on education,health and infrastructure for them countries. Many countries were led to enforce the non-market policies torapidly industrialize their economies. LDCs faced an already developedcapitalist world which needs time to be able to catch up on certain policiesand thus it was argued that some structures required for a sustainable marketsystem weren’t made in some of the developing countries and therefore they hadto be constructed before the integration of economies into the global system.
Thepositive effect globalisation can have is the Inward investment by transnationalcorporations helps countries by helping and providing new types ofemployment through jobs whichrequires different skills for local people. Structualists wouldn’t particularly agree withthe way some of these problems are addressed but they believe and argue that ifthe business environment is to be constructed in such a way as to enableglobalization to increase growth, stability and development over time thenthose issues had to be addressed and resolved.Structuralist writers further believe that the same commonchanges have occurred from globalization but there isn’t a specific way of howthese changes came. This competing view believes that the range of factorsinfluencing globalization is much greater such as technological change,difference in tax systems to get investments and growth strategies for countries;however the outcomes of globalization are very vague.
Additionally, theincreases in technology and the trade liberalization or governmental policieshave lead to globalization benefiting a lot of countries and this dire increasein globalisation has lead to an enhance in inequality amongst nations, as wellas an increase in the inequalities between the development of individualcountries. Inconclusion, globalisation can be defined in different competing perspectives,the way it has changed policies in the world and how nations are conductingbusiness in the world are very important. The competing views of globalisation havemany different points on what globalization is and how it affects the world.
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