Globalization Indices Based on States: A Comparison and Some Criticisms

  • Marco Caselli
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


In this chapter, the globalization indices presented one by one in the preceding part of the book are compared in regard to both their structure and their results. This is also an opportunity to bring criticisms against these instruments; criticisms above all of a technical nature but which also concern the capacity of globalization indices to reflect the essential features of the concept that they are intended to measure. In this regard, it should be immediately pointed that these criticisms are not intended to indicate the most ‘correct’ globalization index among all those developed to date, on the contrary, the intention is to show that, given the extraordinary complexity of globalization, no instrument is able to capture more than a part of such complexity and will inevitably have limitations and potentialities: full awareness of the former is the necessary precondition for being able to benefit from the latter.


Results of globalization indices Components of globalization indices Limits of globalization indices Human development Index Regionalization 


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di SociologiaUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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