Globalization, the State, and Society Conference

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On November 13-14, 2003, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, and the Department of Political Science held a conference entitled "Globalization, the State, and Society."  this event was a part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration. 

The conference drew an audience from a broad range of disciplines and interests as it explores issues and debates over the relationship between globalization and sovereignty and the prospects for the modern social welfare state and state-society bargains in an increasingly global economy.

Much has transpired in our world over the past 150 years.  The processes that produce globalization help structure social relations in international and domestic arenas at this highly critical juncture in our history.  These processes connect national markets, labor forces, communities, and cultures.  Events in geographically distant lands become culturally, economically, politically, strategically, and ecologically quite near.  This can blur the boundaries of nation-states and challenge the policy autonomy of national governments.  These changes offer significant challenges for governments, societies, firms, and individuals.   Opportunity and peril accompany these changes, which spawn debate about the changing role of markets and states, the risks individuals face in this changing state of affairs, and whether those risks can be managed.  Universities are heavily involved in these debates as their investigators try to understand the dynamics and mechanisms of such social phenomena, and contribute their expertise to policy discussions.  Conferences such as this are integral to the exchange of information and the promotion of research that leads to better understanding and better policy.   

The event drew upon expertise from a broad range of disciplines and interests as it explores the implications of globalization upon society and governance.  Four conference panels focused on the following topics:  
global governance and the state;  globalization and labor; globalization and migration; and globalization and social welfare.  Each panel was interdisciplinary in scope, with panel members representing the fields of political science, economics, and law.

Globalization and Labor:
     Chair: Thomas Koenig
     Panel: Howard F. Chang, Margaret Levi, Philip Martin
Global Governance:
     Chair: Leila Nadya Sadat
     Panel: Barry Eichengreen, Saskia Sassen, Miles Kahler
Globalization and Social Welfare:
     Chair: John Stephens
     Panel: Amy Chua, Evelyn Huber, David Soskice
Globalization and Migration:
     Chair: John Haley
     Panel: Stephen Legomsky, Kathleen Newland, Kevin O'Rourke

Those distinguished participants included:  Howard f. Chang, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Amy Chua, Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Barry Eichengreen, George C. Padre and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California-Berkeley;   Evelyne Huber, Morehead Alumni Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;  Stephen H. Legomsky, Charles F. Nagel Professor of Law, Washington University; Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of Political Science and International Studies Department of Political Science, University of Washington; Miles Kahler, University of California, San Diego;  Thomas Koenig, University of Konstanz, Germany;  Philip Martin, Professor and Chair, University of California Comparative Immigration & Integration Program And Editor, Migration News and the Rural Migration News Economics, University of California-Davis; Kathleen Newland, Co-director and Board Member, Migration Policy Institute; Kevin H. O'Rourke, Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland;  Saskia Sassen, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics; David Soskice, Professor of Political Science, Duke University and (on leave) Director of the Research Institute for Economic Change and Employment,  Wissenschaftszentrum Für ( Socialforschung Berlin (WZB); and John D. Stephens, Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Papers presented by this illustrious group of guests will be compiled into an edited volume.  As the panel participants and their research have already had a large influence on the discussions and research on the processes, it is anticipated that this volume will help promote future research agendas and affect the thought process that defines global capitalization well into the future.