Conflicts and opportunities: a local strategy in a globalizing world

Authors: Kristjan Nemac*, Science and Research Centre Koper
Topics: Political Geography, Social Theory
Keywords: Globalization, local environment, development strategy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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In prevailing media discourse, globalization is - regardless of much in-depth criticism - still either simplified as “something good” that will bring prosperity to all, or labelled as a homogenizing process that will erase cultural values and particularities. Regarding both perspectives, it is common to believe that the development of transportation, information and communication technologies will create a single global system that will deal with distances and spatial constraints, and that the territorial limits will no longer be important. Contrary to the prevailing mantra, in this paper we emphasize the importance of concrete territories and analyze the dialectic tensions between the global and the local. With this case study, we want to show the complexity of the globalization process and how it affects the studied territory, company and even individuals in its own specific way. The qualitative research and analysis of the development strategies of Koper’s Municipality and its port has highlighted many dilemmas and tensions between different stakeholders. The port has to operate in the context of global competition and its integration into the local environment. Economic competitiveness and its environmental effects are not only important for the port itself, but also for the development of the entire region. The results have shown that globalization has brought many risks and opportunities, and that the “top down” development strategy can be seen as inappropriate if it is not in line with public opinion, when it could be used as the basis for a better development strategy for the local environment.

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