Panel I: Re-thinking Globalisation

Panel I: Re-thinking Globalisation

13 June 2016 11:30-13:00

Glob­al­i­sa­tion is cur­rent­ly a trend we respond to, rather than a force we can har­ness. As com­pa­nies out­source pro­duc­tion to ben­e­fit from cheap labour and lim­it­ed social pro­tec­tions, we risk a glob­al “race to the bot­tom” in terms of stan­dards, as well as struc­tural unem­ploy­ment in the West. The flag­ship trade agree­ments of our time, such as TTIP, are crit­i­cised for favour­ing cor­po­rate inter­ests; the infa­mous “investor-state dis­pute set­tle­ment” sys­tem even allows com­pa­nies to sue nation­al gov­ern­ments over pol­i­cy. Tech­nol­o­gy, migra­tion and the emer­gence of Eng­lish as a lin­gua fran­ca have brought dis­tinct cul­tur­al and reli­gious tra­di­tions into ever-closer con­tact, build­ing bridges but also cre­at­ing ten­sions.

In this pan­el, we ask:

  • Is ris­ing inequal­i­ty inevitable in a glob­alised world?
  •  How can we redress the bal­ance between glob­al busi­ness and democ­ra­cy?
  •  What does glob­al­i­sa­tion mean for our val­ues?
  • Can we address the fail­ings of glob­al­i­sa­tion through bet­ter glob­al gov­er­nance?