Answer 2 of the following questions. One from Section A and one from Section B: Section A) What are the two “waves of globalization,” in Lechner’s analysis? How was the expansion of the world economy in the first wave different from that of the second wave? In what ways did the second wave result in connectivity that is “stronger, wider, and more intricate”? Why do skeptics of globalization argue that it is not a new phenomenon according to Hamelink? What aspects of their arguments do you find convincing and what aspects are not in your view? Section B) Although Sklair notes that the current global system is “not synonymous with the global capitalist system,” he regards specific features of world capitalism as driving forces of globalization. What are those features, and what do they add to Wallerstein’s analysis of world capitalism? What are the principal features of neoliberalism according to Harvey? What negative consequences of neoliberalism does he identify? How does his analysis complement the views of Wallerstein and Sklair? Is it in conflict with their views in any way?
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