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The need for in-depth studies into glocalism are being recognised from several quarters, as increasingly complicated problems emerge in today’s world associated with glocalisation processes.

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Issue 2017, 2: Global Identities and Communities

In a world where the need for international cooperation has never been greater, globalisation is generating communities that are not modelled on the traditional criteria of national identification and belonging. In addition, the relation between Nation and State is becoming problematic also because, as David Held points out, the efficiency of institutionalized multilateral cooperation has stalled due to rising multipolarity, more difficult problems, institutional inertia and institutional fragmentation. In several ways, even the European Union is exemplifying this “gridlock”. Since the European Union is an unfinished project, it might be necessary to affirm the policy of interests with a policy of identity which re-emphasizes the political project of European unification alongside distinct national identities, that in turn, as Martinelli underlines in his essay, refers to loyalty and a shared commitment to cultural values such as: fundamental human rights, civil liberties, democratic political institutions, rule of law, freedom of movement of people, goods and capital, social justice and non-violent resolution of conflicts.

In this issue of “Glocalism”, there are several case studies of new global identities and communities that seem to challenge the evermore formal role played by political institutions, whose inefficiency is so relevant as to generate both a global “gridlock” and the EU crisis already mentioned. On one hand, there is the example of African refugees in Israel who seek to become a part of the Israeli collective by adopting commodity and consumption patterns and what they perceive to be the attributes of the desired lifestyle in the host country. On the other hand, in Europe (where Germany has the highest number of immigrants) even though there are hints of a partial disintegration of the fault lines between immigrants’ self and what they perceive as “German”, it seems that there is an emergence of a new inclusive narrative of “Germaneness”.

In the Spotlight
Article by David Held
Elements of a Theory of Global Governance Abstract : After the devastation of World War II, a new international community was built, organized under the newly formed United Nations which oversaw the development of a new legal and institutional framework for the maintenance of peace and security. Maintaining global peace and stability served the purpose of limiting violence, but it was also a prerequisite for accelerating “globalisation”. Even during the years of the Cold War, deep tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union facilitated, paradoxically, a deepening of interdependence and coordination among world powers.
Article by Alberto Martinelli
The European Identity Abstract : European identity is not only a scientifically interesting question, but also a politically important issue: in fact, sixty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the European Union finds itself for the first time facing risks that threaten its own existence. The European Union is a limited and incomplete project because Europe’s economic integration has not been accompanied by a genuine supranational political union and greater cultural integration. The deficit of democratic representation and cultural integration is due to the fact that the community process is based only on economic rationality and not on a feeling of common belonging.
Next call for papers
Call for Papers 2018, 1, TOWARDS GLOBAL CITIZENSHIPS Call for Papers 2018, 1, TOWARDS GLOBAL CITIZENSHIPS The process of globalisation and the deterritorialisation of politics, rule and governance are reconfiguring the “state-centric” model of the 19th and 20 th centuries. This implies immediate consequences for those issues strictly linked to the nation-state organizational form, such as that of citizenship.
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