Publisher: University of Calabar

The Impact of Globalization On Domestic Political Structures In Established, Transitional and Non Democracies

Everest Turyahikayo
KEYWORDS: Globalization, democracy, regionalization, integration


This paper sets out to examine the impact of globalization on domestic political structures and processes in established, transitional and non democracies. The paper relied on extensive literature review. The discussion reveals that globalization has been used as a tool by the established democracies to exploit transitional and non democracies. This explains why Direct Foreign Investment is exploitative.  Whereas regional blocs in established democracies are stronger, those in non democracies are weakened by the stronger ones through exploitative funding. The paper also reveals that de-industrialization abroad and establishment of industries in non democracies by developed states has been done so as to tap cheap labour and also to get space for dumping industrial waste in weaker states. Other threats posed by globalization include brain drain, universalization of American values, python-like foreign aid, hiding under human rights to advance parochial interests by the West, population extermination and USA’s spy network through phone tapping. However, there is hope at the end of the tunnel for young democracies. The current uprisings in Arab states are a manifestation that citizens have power to determine their destiny. 

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