Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Is a Single Super-National Organization a Plausible Outcome of Growing Economic Globalization?

Although the current state of economic globalization makes creating a single super-national integration potentially successful, it is certainly not the only viable mode of political and economic structure. It is far more likely, however, that the current economic and political powers will make every effort to retain their sovereignty, meaning that there are other, more plausible, world political and economic structures that may develop in the near future, before any singe super-national organization.

Unless the proposed super-national organization would allow the previous economic powers to retain significant control over the world market as member states, it is unlikely that these powerful states would give up their current role in the international system in favor of modest economic benefits, which when compared with smaller member states, would begin to upset the previous balance of power, potentially threatening the sovereignty of these more powerful states. Although, a single universal super-national economic and political organization is unlikely, smaller super-national integrations of economically less powerful states is a definitely possibility. As the economic superpowers become more prominent, smaller states will likely band together to create a small super-national integration to balance against the more politically and economically powerful state actors. These small economic organizations of states will, however, likely remain relatively small because any state more powerful than the union will resist membership and if a super-national organization becomes powerful enough to integrate all of the world's state actors, its power structure will likely resemble that of the European Union, where certain more powerful state actors, such as France and Germany, begin to dictate the actions of the organization and would likely appose the inclusion of a state that could threaten their role as dominant powers in the super-national organization, limiting the scope of expansion. Therefore, although the creation of small super-national organizations for the purpose of balancing against the world's economic powers is possible, the expansion of these super-national economic and political institutions to integrate the world's state actors is unlikely.

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