A thin cloud of steam rises in wisps from your branded paper cup. Steam is the same everywhere. You are away from home in another country, perhaps on vacation. Yet you are relaxing at a table in a familiar setting. You are connected to the free Wi-Fi.

Your rental car is parked nearby. The menu, though it is written not in your native language, is easily comprehensible. It lists a recognisable range of beverages. You know all the styles and all the flavours already.


Thinking about globalisation

As with much in life, over globalisation, there is a great deal of disagreement. Particularly in political or academic circles most of these disputes are framed, either explicitly or implicitly, with reference to different theoretical schools. In the Globalisation of World Politics Baylis, Smith and Owens describe the role of theory in shaping ones perspective. 

Theory is a kind of simplifying device that allows you to decide which facts matter and which do not (page 3)


Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism

As with neo-realism, neo-liberalism has been one of the key theories that has dominated the study of international relations in the 20th century. Also similarly, it represents a school of thought with historical roots but which has also enjoyed a renascence particularly since the mid-twentieth century.

Tim Dunne (writing in Baylis, Smith and Owens; see also Doyle 1997) suggests that there are five key principles that tend to be agreed on by liberals.