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A future foretold? Multinational firms and leading sector development—Past, present, and future [Paper presentation]

The rise of awareness in globalization processes has led to a renewed focus on leading sectors and thus the interaction between states and multinational firms that helps foster them. Previously viewed as “national agents” of state power, …

Is globalization self-organization? Global system formation as a long-term complex process [Paper presentation]

The observance of a relatively stable pattern of global system development has often been criticized for the lack of theoretical underpinnings of its pulsating behavior. This paper contributes to the growing literature that combines complex system …

Chaos or reorder? The future of hegemony in a world-system in upheaval

The latest resurgence of interest in the concept of hegemony and empire–both in the popular and academic realm–has been mostly the result of a change in perception of power, specifically its sources, application, and distribution. Here we argue that …

A thousand years of networked firms: The evolution of markets and firms in the global system [Paper presentation]

This paper looks at the impact of new technological styles on the inner core of the global system development, the global economic system as reflected in the organizational structure of enterprises. It introduces a new framework for the analysis of …

Three steps in the globalization of the international system: global networks from 1000 BCE to 2053 CE

This chapter employs a new, world historically based and interdisciplinary framework for the study of global system development, the extended evolutionary world politics (EWP) frame work. It uses the EWP framework to study current transitions and the …

Naval ports and virtual nodes: The historical evolution of world-city networks in the global world system [Paper presentation]

Most treatments of globalization view it as a relatively recent and unique process. Combining frameworks of political geography (world city and network analysis) with a long-term oriented IR framework, further evidence is provided for the emergence …