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Issue 2018, 2

The Backlash: Are We Moving Backwards? The Latest Books on Globalization

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After two decades of enthusiastic perspectives on the process of globalization and its effects on the world, recent years have seen the raise of what one could call a globophobic attitude towards the “global” in all its expressions. As stated by Colin Crouch (The Globalization Backlash), globalization has become a political punching bag around the world, attacked both from the far right and the far left. Yet, Philippe Moreau Defarges shows that this is not a new phenomenon (La tentation du repli: Mondialisation, démondialisation): throughout its history, the process of globalization has been accompanied with deglobalization: according to the author, today’s newness is the political radicalism of this backlash. 

The discord between those who Ian Bremmer calls “losers” and “winners” is escalating social, political, economic and cultural divisions and hostilities (Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism). In Manuel Castells’ words, there seems to be a rupture in liberal democracies: a widespread crisis of legitimacy which causes a deep-seated crisis of the model of western democracy as we know it (Rupture: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy). If it is true that globalization per se is not the primary cause of raising inequality in the world (Globalization and Inequality), nevertheless most people would agree with Oliver Piacentini’s juxtaposition between globalization and totalitarianism (Le mondialisation totalitaire).

This backlash in globalization proves that such a process is not a teleological necessity. On the other hand, the “moving backwards” is not inevitable either: rather, it all depends on our choices. According to Luigi Paganetto, there still is the possibility to “get globalisation right” and lay the foundations for renewed trust (Getting Globalization Right). As stated by Roopinder Oberoi and Jamie Halsall (Revisiting Globalization), in order to assert the possibility for greater social equity and integration the concept of globalization has to be reshaped from an amorphous mass of objectives and initiatives to a forward-looking model of clarity and balance. 



J. Agnew (2018), Globalization and Sovereignty: Beyond the Territorial Trap( Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield).

P. Bianchi (2018), 4.0 La nuova rivoluzione industriale (Bologna: Il Mulino).

H. Bjørnstad, H. Jordheim, A. Régent-Susini (eds.) (2018), Universal History and the Making of the Global (London, New York: Routledge). 

Y. Boquet (2018), La mondialisation. Un monde organisé en système (Dijon: Éditions universitaires de Dijon).

I. Bremmer (2018), Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (London: Portfolio).

H. Bude (2018), The Mood of the World (Cambridge: Polity).

S. Callens (2018), Creative Globalization (Hoboken: Wiley).

A. Campillo (2018), Mundo, nostros, yo. Ensayos cosmopoliéticos (Barcelona: Herder Editorial).

M. Castells (2018), Rupture: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge: Polity).

V. Cicchelli (2018), Plural and shared: The Sociology of a Cosmopolitan World (Leiden, Boston: Brill).

S. Cogolati, J. Wouters (eds.) (2018), The Commons and a New Global Governance (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

C. Crouch (2018), The Globalization Backlash (Cambridge: Polity).

S. Das, S. Bhowal, S. Syangbo, A. Roy (eds.) (2018), Border, Globalization and Identity (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing). 

S. Dasgupta, J. Nederveen Pieterse (2018), Politics of Globalization (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications).

M. Duffield (2018), Post-Humanitarianism: Governing Precarity in the Digital World (Cambridge: Polity).

T. Falola, K. Kalu (eds.) (2018), Africa and Globalization (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

T. Haas, H. Westlund (eds.) (2018), In the Post-Urban World (London, New York: Routledge).

S.V. Hariharan, R. Tandon, N. Hatti (2018), Globalization Syndrome (Delhi: B.R. Publishing Corporation).

E. Helpman (2018), Globalization and Inequality (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

N. Jinda, K. Kumar (2018), Global Politics. Issues and Perspectives (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications).

M.K. Joshi, J.R. Klein (2018), Global Business (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

R. Kloosterman, V. Mamadouh, P. Terhorst (eds.) (2018), Hanbook of the Geographies of Globalization (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

G. Lachapelle, P. Oñate (eds.) (2018), Borders and Margins. Federalism, Devolution and Multi-Level Governance (Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich Publishers).

B. Latour (2018), Down to Earth. Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Cambridge: Polity).

G. Lucas (2018), The Essence of Globalization (New York: Clanrye International).

S. Maswood (2018), Revisiting Globalization and the Rise of Global Production Networks (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

P. Moreau Defarges (2018), La tentation du repli: Mondialisation, démondialisation (XVe-XXle siècles)(Paris: Odile Jacob).

R. Oberoi, J. Halsall (eds.) (2018), Revisiting Globalization (Berlin, New York: Springer).

C. Oldani, J. Wouters (eds.) (2018), The G7, Anti-Globalism and the Governance of Globalization (London, New York: Routledge).

L. Paganetto (ed.) (2018), Getting Globalization Right (Berlin, New York: Springer).

B. Pecqueur, F. Nadou (eds.) (2018), Dynamiques territoriales et mutations économiques (Paris: Harmattan).

O. Piacentini (2018), Le mondialisation totalitaire (Paris: Éditions de Paris).

C. Roldán, D. Brauer, J. Rohbeck (eds.) (2018), Philosophy of Globalization (Berlin: De Gruyter). 

Q. Slobodian (2018), Globalists. The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

M. Wojciech Solarz (eds.) (2018), New Geographies of the Globalized World (London, New York: Routledge). 

S. Zamagna (2018), Come e quanto la quarta rivoluzione industrial ci sta “toccando” (Milano-Udine: Mimesis).