What are the advantages and disadvantages of globalization?

The advantages of globalization include free trade, better communication between nations, and increased access to technology, media, education, healthcare, and consumer goods. The disadvantages of globalization include the potential exploitation of developing countries, cultural homogenization, and the possibility of adverse effects on local economies and the environment.

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Some advantages of globalization are as follows:

It has helped to lift millions of people out of poverty in the developing world. This is because globalization works best in countries that are labor-rich but capital-poor.

It broadens access to goods and services. Thanks to globalization, far more goods and services are now more widely available to more people at a much lower price.

Disadvantages of globalization:

Workers in developed countries can lose out to countries with cheap labor and weak regulation. All too often, this encourages a race to the bottom in terms of labor standards as well as environmental regulation.

Globalization puts more power in the hands of big corporations. This often comes at the expense of state sovereignty and seriously impairs the ability of citizens to hold corporations to account.

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on June 29, 2020
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Advantages of globalization:

  • Globalization reduces international poverty
  • Globalization contributes to the spread of technology
  • Globalization adds to the profitability of companies and corporations
  • Globalization builds stronger trade ties and dependencies between nations

Disadvantages of globalization:

  • Globalization can be a major motivation for companies to move overseas where they can exploit lax labor laws and low environmental standards
  • Globalization can homogenizes the world culture, both positively and negatively
  • Globalization can destroys entire industries in developed countries (e.g., US automakers, textile manufacturing)
Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on June 18, 2020
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