The Politics of Globalisation
Environmental impacts of globalisation are important politically. Though often inconsistent and incoherent, green thinking is perhaps the closest there is to an ideological reaction to globalisation, barring the extreme nationalist fringe. It is not unreasonable for people who are worried about the impact of distant, impersonal forces on their local communities to translate their concerns into distrust of globalisation – and especially of some of its drivers: big business and unelected global institutions.
Liberal Democrats are well placed to respond to the concerns of such people, while at the same time retaining support for globalisation. The slogan “Think global, act local” is consistent with the Liberal Democrat approach, which seeks to return real power to local communities and protect the global commons at the same time as enhancing prosperity for all.
Issues to consider
- How best can Liberal Democrats respond to the concerns of people who feel threatened by impersonal globalisation?