Globalisation, Good Governance And Democracy: The Interface
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 3 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-3-March-2007
Globalisation has been an important factor in accelerating democracy’s growth in recent decades. In
this globalised world, rapid development and global proliferation of new technologies and
telecommunications, and integration of the world economy through trade and investment, have
increased the role and power of regional and global institutions (Cheema and Maguire, 2004). This
promoted and strengthened the spread of democracy while also providing the leverage for good
governance. Globalisation impacts on the mode of governance that a country operates either as a
symbol of universality or for uniformity. This unstoppable trend has homogenised governance on a
global scale while depicting authoritarianism as unproductive political modernity.
Consequently, countries of the world have come to the realisation of the need to embrace democracy
as a universal form of government albeit in different variants. Democracy has become the basis for
friendly relations among nations and also a defining factor in global identity. This is why the rate and
wave of democratisation (genuine or rhetorical among nations) have become massive. Any country that
does not embrace democracy is not likely to receive continental respect and global attention or
supports. The linkage between globalisation and democracy is further strengthened by the
interdependence and interconnectedness that define the relationship of nations in a global scene.
Globalisation is capable of engendering good governance as ideas, technologies and trade are
exchanged freely in a global continuum.