Chapter 1: Globalization and the state
This book is focused on the processes through which global ideas and norms for domestic political and institutional change are inserted into domestic governance arrangements. The analysis seeks to enhance our knowledge about the specific processes through which globally transmitted ideas are adopted, deferred, or rejected in domestic policy and institutional choice. While there is an extensive literature on the wider theme of globalization and the state, we know rather little about these micro-foundations of globalization, that is, the causal mechanisms that shape the linkages between “the global” and “the domestic”. The empirical analysis covers three areas of political decision making—economic governance, inter-governmental relationships, and administrative reform—in Japan, Sweden, and the United States. The three areas deal primarily with issues related to what Philip Cerny (1990) calls “the architecture of the politics”, that is, institutional arrangements shaping domestic governance. Thus, this is not so much a study on globalization and domestic policy as an analysis of the impact of globalization on domestic governance.
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