This piece was published in a WZB publication in 2000. I present an interpretation of the dialectical process which we call globalisation.
Globalisation, transformation and the perennity of political geographyargument is that simultaneity and non-synchronisation in the dynamics of transformation have led the old dialectics of the cold war system to be replaced by a global process of change at the level of markets, societies and cultures. Corporations are the leading revolutionaries in this process. Given the multiple linkages between the elements of the world’s transformation and their simultaneous non-synchronisation, and in particular the intimate interactions between porous frontiers and the legacies of human history, the least that can be said is that the future definitely is not traced out in linear form. The following sections present the global system after the cold war through the broad thesis of global convergence and four legacies from the past, then introduces the driving forces that move the human narrative forward, and ends by commenting the resulting dialectical processes of change which reward or punish different capabilities of organisations, particularly states, to adapt.