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Global series: Globalisation Under Pressure

Global series: Globalisation Under Pressure

The rise in nationalism. Brexit and Trump. Reactionary far-right parties wooing millions of voters around the world. The facts on the ground are clear: globalisation – and the international economic and political system that has underpinned it for the past half-century – is fracturing.

Globalisation Under Pressure is a new series from The Conversation Global that both analyses the old international order and surfaces local stories of finance, migration, jobs, education and culture that show the far-reaching impacts of the changes underway today.


Is China the potential driver of a new wave of globalisation?

To an extent, the legacy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party rests on the country’s new global plan. Jason Lee/Reuters

While China has so far secured support from a number of governments for its Belt and Road Initiative, the recent forum in Beijing also highlighted some obstacles to its advancement.

Globalisation isn’t dead, it’s just shed its slick cover story

Environmental destruction is a negative externality to be isolated and managed. Here, Native Americans at Standing Rock defend sacred land from a proposed oil pipeline. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Today’s ugly politics are not a backlash against global capitalism, they’re an open embrace of the racism and greed that has always underpinned so-called global governance.

Expert conversation: ‘The right to luxury could constitute a legitimate claim’

Luxury exists in most human societies throughout the world but in different forms. Gratisography/Pexels, CC BY-SA, CC BY-SA

Luxury is a global phenomenon present in all societies in various forms.

The global market for wine: China leads the emergence of a new world order

Vinyards in the Sancerre wine-growing region of France. Peter/Flickr, CC BY-SA, CC BY-SA

The latest figures on the world wine market confirm that the industry is undergoing considerable change, with European countries finding their positions and strategies challenged by the new world.

From Bulgaria to East Asia, the making of Japan’s yogurt culture

One of Japan’s biggest food trends right now is Bulgarian yoghurt. City foodsters/Kakigōri Kanna/Flickr, CC BY-ND, CC BY-ND

How a simple bacterium traveled across time and space to become Japan’s latest food fad.

The road to the great regression

War, Ford, fascism, Reaganomics, the pink tide, the EU, debt crises, rights-based activism, a fierce backlash… none of this is new. Wikimedia

We may think of current reactionary politics as radical and new, but unchecked mercantilism has always ended with a fierce backlash from both left and right. Here’s what history tells us about today.

China can help us rethink our response to deadly pandemics

The ancient Greeks were the first to use the word pandemic, but not in the modern sense of a global disease outbreak. Dedden /Wikimedia

Pandemics are global threat, but not everyone prepares for them in the same way.

Our 24/7 economy and the wealth of nations

No rest for the weary in a 24/7 economy. Beawiharta/Reuters

Ever more people are stuck with shift work in a globalised economy that operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Angola’s ‘suitcase traders’ sell Brazilian trends, and dreams too

An Angolan importer buying Havaianas in the market of Brás, São Paulo, Brazil. Léa Barreau Tran, Author provided, Author provided

Brazilian soap operas are wildly popular in Portuguese-speaking Angola, influencing style and creating a business opportunity for thousands of Angolan female entrepreneurs who travel the world to bring fashion back in their luggage.

These Swedish economists foresaw the globalisation backlash

Is the sun setting on globalisation? Aly Song/Reuters

Can a 90-year-old insight into the distributive effects of free trade help us mitigate the downsides of globalisation?