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Looking under the hood: embedded actors and local institutions in the making of Globalization

Soudis, D., 2014, Groningen: University of Groningen, SOM research school. 170 p.

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The main contention that this dissertation seeks to advance is that Globalization is not a “natural phenomenon” that arises out of inherent developments such as technological advancements. In contrast, Globalization is embedded. Meaning that it is shaped, constrained, and regulated by the environment within which it takes place. The main premise to support this argument is that Globalization, is the outcome of multiple actors interacting. These actors are shaped by the particularities of their social and political environment (i.e., they are embedded). They are carriers of norms and values, and are subject to institutional structures and social relationships that affect their interests and regulate their choices and behaviors. Consequently, the outcome of their interaction, which we call Globalization” when it involves actors embedded in more than one States, is shaped accordingly. Even if we treat the “Global” as a new level of analysis it still involves embedded agents and is thus embedded itself.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
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Award date27-Nov-2014
Place of PublicationGroningen
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Print ISBNs978-90-367-7384-3
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-7383-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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