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Does Globalization Promote Democracy?

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Introduction and relevance of the topic in today’s world.

Democratisation ideas sweep across the borders even in the most authoritarian states. Through the development in technology, especially IT, and the development of travel means asserting the grater flow of people - the spread of new ideas becomes inevitable. Though the current trends cannot insure the strong link between globalization and democracy. Lets take an example of Singapore which at the A.T. Kearny/Foreign Policy magazine Globalization Index is ranked the highest, reaching the top levels of cross-border contacts between people . However it has semi-authoritarian regime and aver the last 3 decades hardly shows any signs of further democratization. So, the research question is if globalisation promotes democracy, if globalisation has a direct effect on positive political and governmental changed within a country or a region.
The topic of democracy itself is very broad and can cover economic, religious, social, historic, geographic issues. While globalisation in turn is a wide-ranging concept itself it could be better to break it down to case studies proving the hypothesis that globalisation is a key to democracy.
Recent events in the Middle East which started in 2010 in Tunisia and spread all over the region, affecting the lives of thousands and minds of millions, can serve a good evidence how important the globalisation and particularly media is in an interconnected word. The uprisings in the Arab world have often been labelled the “Twitter Revolutions” or “Facebook Revolutions” in recognition of the prominent part played by these tools in the coordination of mass protests. It made me question myself: if the uprising in one country had happened 20 years ago – wou...

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...zation. Media highly depends on market forces, on government decisions and choices of multinational media corporations. The Al-Jazeera case study doesn’t add up a positive view to media impartiality and neutrality.

Unfortunately, the illusion of choice is created in the modern world. The information is strictly controlled and censored, however, in a way that an ordinary person wouldn’t realize that he had been manipulated. That makes people puppets on the political scene with elites controlling their minds. However when information somehow leaks, it creates huge international disturbances and endangers people who encouraged this process. The brightest recent example, WikiLeaks case, shows that the desire to bring important information to a public caused both a personal trouble (US demands on Julian Assange extradition and puts sanctions) and international unrest.
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