SpringerBriefs in Political Science

Trying to Measure Globalization

Experiences, critical issues and perspectives

Authors: Caselli, Marco

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The aim of this book is to conduct a critical survey of the main tools devised for the synthetic measurement of globalization processes. To this end, the first part of the book discusses the meaning of the concept considered, highlighting the different and often contradictory interpretations put forward in its regard in the literature. Subsequently analysed are the passages and issues that must be addressed when constructing an instrument intended to measure a social phenomenon of such complexity as globalization. Stressed in particular is that the researcher’s subjectivity is repeatedly involved in these passages, so that no instrument can have objective validity. Given these premises, the book presents the principal tools employed in attempts to measure globalization, starting with those whose unit of analysis is the state. In this regard, particular space is devoted to indexes which take a multidimensional approach to the concept of globalization. There follows a comparison among the results obtained using these indexes, and criticisms are made of the ways in which the latter have been constructed. A limitation, or if one wishes a paradox, concerning such tools is that they measure in relation to states a process which has as one of its principal features the fact that it extends beyond the confines of states. For this reason, the final chapter considers whether globalization can be measured with different units of analysis – in particular people and cities. The books concludes with discussion of the general limitations of globalization indexes.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Globalization: In Search of Definition of a Controversial Concept

    Caselli, Marco

    Pages 1-17

  • Measuring Complexity

    Caselli, Marco

    Pages 19-34

  • Measuring Globalization: The State-Based Approach

    Caselli, Marco

    Pages 35-96

  • Globalization Indices Based on States: A Comparison and Some Criticisms

    Caselli, Marco

    Pages 97-120

  • Alternative Approaches and Conclusions

    Caselli, Marco

    Pages 121-139

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eBook $34.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trying to Measure Globalization
Book Subtitle
Experiences, critical issues and perspectives
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2807-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2807-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2806-6
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 139
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