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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.

Zygmunt Bauman

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Issue 2017, 1: The Glocal Political Power

It is true. On one hand, it is quite easy to recognize glocal realities (a business, a university, a humanitarian association, some “parts” of the traditional organization of the State). On the other hand, as stated by Lorenzo Ornaghi, it is more difficult to define the new characteristics of the power they use. The classical definitions of power are insufficient in understanding these glocal realities. For this reason, in his essay Ornaghi looks at how the ‘command-obedience’ relationship is modifying itself also as a consequence of information technology and social networks, within a specific ‘contamination’ of local and global elements.

The dynamics between local territory and “global” network is a significant issue. An example of these dynamics is the phenomenon of the Arab Spring, which is investigated by focusing on the cultural traditions that carried the protests across the borders of more than twenty countries in the Middle East during the period of 2010-2012. In this regard, it is interesting to understand how the patterns of conflict contagion, during successful protests, operate through specific cultural conditions thanks to the existence of inter-networked places.

Considering the legal perspective, it is useful to explore legal pluralism in modern African democracy, for instance in the cases of Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire. The adoption of western institutions of government by African states has made traditional institutions less relevant. It seems that the political weakness of these states is linked to the weakness of traditional institutions in a context where formal and traditional justice systems are at odds. On one side, the rural population still relies on the traditional justice system, because the formal justice system is expensive and the legal procedures are difficult to understand, managed by court houses located mostly in the cities. On the other side, a considerable population in urban areas is propelled to use the formal justice system because of issues generated by the male-dominated outlook of the traditional justice mechanism.

In the Spotlight
Article by Fred Dallmayr
Beyond Globalization: Reflections on Glocalism Abstract : The old adage states that humankind moves “one step forward” before it moves “two steps backward”, suggesting that there is no such thing as a linear evolution. This is particularly true when applied to our present time, the “age of globalization”. In the case of globalism, “two steps back” are needed in order to assess more soberly the present historical trajectory, and capture the “internal dialectic” of globalism. In fact, what we are witnessing today in many parts of the world is a backlash to globalism, manifest in an upsurge of traditional nationalism, if not chauvinism and ethnocentrism.
Article by Lorenzo Ornaghi
Does Glocal Political Power Already Exist? Abstract : Large periods of history are usually characterized by equally important moments of change in scientific knowledge and, in particular, in the understanding of political power. We still need to study in depth whether the former provokes (almost of out necessity) the latter, or whether they are “great” because they are favored by the innovation of the paradigms of knowledge. The passage from medieval universalism to the particularism of the modern age represents an extremely interesting analogy when compared to the transformations that are now underway.
Next call for papers
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