New Directions in Globalization Indices

Pim Martens*, Marco Caselli, Philippe De Lombaerde, Lukas Figge, Jan Aart Scholte

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This paper discusses the measurement of globalization with a view to advancing the construction of globalization indices. It critically analyzes the types of indices that can contribute to knowledge and policy on globalization. Three issues are particularly highlighted: (a) the focus of measurement (i.e. on activities or policies); (b) the dimensions of measurement (i.e. cultural, ecological, economic, political, and/or social); and (c) the units of measurement (i.e. local, national, regional, and/or global). This paper argues that a workable forward strategy should not seek to identify the single best composite globalization index, but rather should work in an interdisciplinary mode towards a set of complementary globalization indices. These quantitative analyses can then be productively blended with qualitative approaches in a fuller assessment of globalization's extent and impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-228
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2015


  • globalization
  • indices
  • measurement

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