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Contemporary Security Studies

Contemporary Security Studies (5th edn)

Alan Collins
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date: 11 December 2023

p. 26818. Globalization, Development, and Securitylocked

p. 26818. Globalization, Development, and Securitylocked

  • Nana K. Poku
  •  and Jacqueline Therkelsen


This chapter explores the interrelationships between globalization, development, and security. It shows how globalization, as a neoliberal ideology for development promoted by key international financial institutions, deepens inequality between and within nations on a global scale. This exacerbates global insecurity through a growing sense of injustice and grievance that may lead to rebellion and radicalization. The chapter first considers the neoliberalism of globalization before presenting the case for conceptualizing globalization as a neoliberal ideology for development. It then discusses the legacy of structural adjustment programmes and the harmful effects of neoliberal ideology on societies, particularly across the developing world. Finally, it looks at two case studies to illustrate the link between uneven globalization and global insecurity: the Egypt uprising of 2011 and the Greek economic crisis of 2010.

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