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Symposium 2008

Tackling Social Fragmentation

The Challenge

Globalization and social fragmentation are the two controversial issues that will determine the future world order. Globalization promises to yield substantial economic benefits for all participating countries, but not necessarily for each individual or each group within countries in the short term.

Groups of people may suffer, especially in emerging markets where social security nets cannot provide for compensation and smooth the growing gap between rich and poor.

But is it high time to tame the markets to stop social fragmentation? Or quite the contrary, do we need more market liberalization to overcome conflicts that have their seeds in a vicious circle of poverty and oppression?

Globalization makes small countries economically viable. As a result, globalization represents an opportunity for small countries to develop and become autonomous. Therefore, an immediate consequence of globalization could be claims for political separatism of small regions.

Hence the peaceful disintegration of large states becomes a challenge in the globalization process. Could the reduction of centralization, especially of large states, be a channel for coping with the challenges of globalization in social fragmented countries, allowing ethnic groups to achieve their desired autonomy without the consequences of violence?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Consider successful models of federalism, supported by the principle of subsidiarity, as blueprints to contain social fragmentation.

    Consider successful models of federalism, supported by the principle of subsidiarity, as blueprints to contain social fragmentation.

    Consider successful models of federalism, supported by the principle of subsidiarity, as blueprints to contain social fragmentation.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Use educational institutions, notably universities not just to develop marketable skills, but also to create awareness of our comprehensive responsibility to overcome social fragmentation through the acknowledgement at our common ...

    Use educational institutions, notably universities not just to develop marketable skills, but also to create awareness of our comprehensive responsibility to overcome social fragmentation through the ...

    Use educational institutions, notably universities not just to develop marketable skills, but also to create awareness of our comprehensive responsibility to overcome social fragmentation through the acknowledgement at our common destiny.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Promote political and social tolerance for the peaceful disintegration of large states and reintegration of regions.

    Promote political and social tolerance for the peaceful disintegration of large states and reintegration of regions.

    Promote political and social tolerance for the peaceful disintegration of large states and reintegration of regions.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Support the creation of institutions that enable poor countries to benefit from globalization by strengthening global institutions that facilitate economic integration and debt relief, and granting poor countries access to ...

    Support the creation of institutions that enable poor countries to benefit from globalization by strengthening global institutions that facilitate economic integration and debt relief, and granting po ...

    Support the creation of institutions that enable poor countries to benefit from globalization by strengthening global institutions that facilitate economic integration and debt relief, and granting poor countries access to developed countries´ markets, especially in agriculture.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Through aid and political process, help poor countries help themselves by encouraging them to invest in social security and education systems.

    Through aid and political process, help poor countries help themselves by encouraging them to invest in social security and education systems.

    Through aid and political process, help poor countries help themselves by encouraging them to invest in social security and education systems.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Accept some redistribution of globalization profits to finance a social security net.

    Accept some redistribution of globalization profits to finance a social security net.

    Accept some redistribution of globalization profits to finance a social security net.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Short summary of proposed solutions for panel: "Tackling Social Fragmentation"

    Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Globalizing world trade and value chain structures We have seen trade and value chain structures being globalized worldwide, a ...

    Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Globalizing world trade and value chain structures We have seen trade and value chain structures being globalized worldwide, at the latest since the fall of the Iron Curtain. This process is irreversible, and will speed up even further in the coming years. As a result, the global economic balance between the industrialized and emerging nations is shifting dramatically. China and India, two up-and-coming global players, are set to increase their gross domestic product by a factor of 3.8 to 4.0 in real terms by 2030, whereas Germany's economy will

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Tackling Social Fragmentation

    R.R.Ernst, ETH Zürich, Switzerland The problem of social fragmentation is growing today worldwide. It is spreading within communities, within countries, between countries, and between cultural, or be ...

    R.R.Ernst, ETH Zürich, Switzerland The problem of social fragmentation is growing today worldwide. It is spreading within communities, within countries, between countries, and between cultural, or better ideological, regions. The social divide on multiple levels is a highly undesirable development that has already led to instability. It will become undoubtedly the source of further violent unrest. The social divide is an age old problem that persisted for an uncountable number of centuries. At many instances in history, it was accepted as an integral part of functional social structures. The well established hacking order led to a kind of dynamic

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Tackling Social Fragmentation

    A crucial issue would be to discuss the role of governments to deal with the often short-term adjustments in the course of globalization. Although globalization is desirable, we need to think about ap ...

    A crucial issue would be to discuss the role of governments to deal with the often short-term adjustments in the course of globalization. Although globalization is desirable, we need to think about appropriate policies to compensate the costs and suffering of the poorest. This challenge is an opportunity for new democracies to show how democratic they are. In particular, globalization profits have to be partly redistributed to finance a social security net. The indispensable tax burden has to be accepted as an insurance premium for political stability. Governments should resist running away from the distributional consequences of globalization by hiding

    Polity, Civil Society