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Globalization and democracy: four paradigmatic views

Author(s): Kavous Ardalan

Journal: Transcience : a Journal of Global Studies
ISSN 2191-1150

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: globalization | democracy | paradigms | radical humanism | radical structuralism

Any explanation of globalization and democracy is based on a worldview. The premise of this paper is that any worldview can be associated with one of the four broad paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist. This paper takes the case of globalization and democracy and discusses it from the four different viewpoints. It emphasizes that the four views expressed are equally scientific and informative; they look at the phenomenon from their certain paradigmatic viewpoint; and together they provide a more balanced understanding of the phenomenon under consideration.
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