Crashing into Us: The Impact of Globalization on IndividualAttitudes About Free Enterprise, Government, and Human Rights Open Access

Freeman, Abigail Caitlin (2009)

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This study seeks to elucidate the impact of globalization on attitudes about free enterprise, government, and human rights. It tracks the effects of economic, social, and political globalization on fifteen World Values Survey questions over the period from 1981-2004. Findings reveal that economic globalization makes people more favorable to support increased trade and economic openness as it produces material affluence and tangible economic benefits. On the other hand, social globalization has produced divided opinions on free enterprise, government, and human rights; people embrace many of the positive benefits of social globalization but fear its culturally homogenizing effects. Additionally, results for the impact of political globalization on individual attitudes is less conclusive but shows some support for increased support for individual freedoms as political globalization increases. Lastly, this study shows that an increase in wealth, as a result of globalization, is responsible for changes in public opinion, a finding that supports the current literature.

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Introduction...........................................................................Page 1

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Literature Review....................................................................Page 4

The Theoretical Model..............................................................Page 10

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Research Design.....................................................................Page 13

Table 1..................................................................................Page 18

Findings and Implications.........................................................Page 20

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Conclusion.............................................................................Page 43

Appendix...............................................................................Page 46

Appendix A............................................................................Page 46

References.............................................................................Page 54

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