Contemporary Russian and Foreign Science on the Twenty-First Century Tendencies in Globalization: A Brief Introduction

Authors: Kochurov, Nikolay V.; Leonova, Olga
Almanac: Globalistics and Globalization Studies Global Evolution, Historical Globalistics and Globalization Studies

In the 21st century globalization has become an objective phenomenon that manifests itself as a complex integrated system with a set of nonlinear relations between its subjects and objects. Due to the nonlinear nature of this phenomenon, the cause-effect relations do not work in this system. Neither do technology forecasting and foresight methods produce any results.

The new wave of globalization possesses a number of specific features, namely: an expanding multipolar world; an increasing number and variety of global players, inter alia, at the expense of the non-state actors; a strengthening interrelation and interdependence between the local (regional) and global systems;and a growing disintegration and intensifying turbulence of global political processes.

The general analysis of the Western scientists' views and standpoints allows stating that globalization in the West is considered as an objective phenomenon that can be controlled through the creation of a system for effective global management, the latter is deemed impossible at the moment. The Western colleagues also put more emphasis on economic globalization as opposed to its political aspect. More attention is paid to negative effects of globalization.

Keywords: globalization, tendencies, objective phenomenon, complex system, nonlinear relations, specific features, negative consequences, issues.