the cacophony of outpourings on globalization by sundry sociologists, philosophers, and political scientists as well as some economists" (p. xi)
And here's a prime specimen of such an outpouring from the Commission in its Communication entitled "The European Interest: Succeeding in the age of globalisaton" which is a "contribution to the October Meeting of Heads of State and Government". Here's an extract (reproduced exactly, with no attempt to sort out the grammar and style):
The EU must be in a position to present to citizens with a compelling vision of how a global Europe is adapting to new needs while protecting their interests, reforming its economic and social governance to ensure continuing prosperity, solidarity and security for the next generation as well as today's citizens. Meeting challenges of this scale can only be done effectively by making the most of the partnership between Member States and the EU level. Active involvement and a sense of stronger ownership by all actors are prerequisites for a successful Lisbon strategy. It will require a concerted commitment to engage in a capable and responsive communication strategy with EU citizens.
That surely makes you want to read the rest, doesn't it ?