Does Globalization Make a Difference?

Marie Curie Reintegration Grant February 2008-2012


The objective of this project is to find answers for the following questions, primarily using data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).  For details of this dataset, see the Comparative Study of Electorate Systems website.  

The project has also generated an expert survey on party positions on globalization-related issues, and the overall salience of globalization by country (see data and codebook, below).

Our most central question is this: across a wide range of democratic nations, does the extent to which their economies and polities are ‘globalized’ affect public attitudes and political behaviour?  More specifically:

Are citizens in the most globalized nations more likely to perceive that neither voting nor their ultimate choice of political leaders can ‘make a difference’, when compared to citizens in less globalized countries?

Do citizens in more globalized societies perceive significant differences between political parties?

Do such perceptions lead those citizens to be less likely to turn out to vote, less likely to seek to dismiss or change incumbent governments, and less likely to hold governments to account for their economic performances?

And meanwhile, do citizens in less globalized countries perceive themselves better able to control their governments and the policies they pursue?


University of Exeter, June 17 2010

Strand Hotel, London, January 28 2012


 Professor Jack Vowles, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Georgios Xezonakis, University of Gothenburg


Vowles, Jack, 2008. ‘Does Globalization Affect Public Perceptions of ‘Who in power Can Make a Difference’? Evidence from 40 Countries, 1996-2006’ Electoral Studies 27, 63-76.


Vowles, Jack, and Georgios Xezonakis, ed. Globalisation and Domestic Politics: Parties, Public Opinion, and Elections. See chapter outline and authors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.


Globalization Expert Survey Data