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Globalisation What Implications for Democratic Decision Making We have seen above that globalisation is putting pressure on governments to adjust the machinery of government in order to improve their capacity to operate in the new globalised policy environment But the challenge does not stop there Globalisation has implications for the internal balance of power in OECD countries -- including between levels of government and between Parliaments and the Executive -- and between groups of countries And it is not just affecting the role of government actors in the policy process The roles of all policy players -- interest groups the media citizens -- are changing in the face of internationalisation There has been little debate about the extent to which these changing roles and relationships impact upon democratic processes at either the national or the international levels What effects is globalisation having on democracy A changing balance of power and relationships The internal balance of power in many countries is being affected by globalisation As noted above some sub-national governments are as a result seeking direct representation in international decision-making fora The rationale behind this is that executive government is entering into agreements that have serious implications for their given functions and responsibilities For example environmental treaties set limits on sub-national governments capacities to manage local land and resource use From the other side globalisation is used as an argument for national unity -- that when national governments speak with one voice the collective interests of state governments will be maximised -- as was used in Canada with respect to the debate on Quebec separation18 In any event national governments will need to develop ways to improve co-operation with other levels of government through better communication and consultation -- so as to reconcile national and sub-national interests in the global policy environment Globalisation also has implications for the relationships between groups of countries The development of regional groupings -- such
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