Many view of globalisation as a technology driven global order that has led to an intensification of interconnectedness among nations. This, however, is merely one fact of globalisation, and does not presuppose the ideological homogenization or the rapid retrenchment of the welfare state that is currently underway. The dispute over globalisation is not about the intensification of global interconnectedness. Rather, it is over the vision of the global system that globalisation projects. This vision entails a global economic system with identifiable rules of behaviour in trade, finance, taxation, investment policy, intellectual property rights, and currency convertibility all of which are crafted along neo-liberal principles with minimal governmental regulation. This global system represents a new phase of capitalism which is more universal, more unchallenged, more pure and more unadulterated than even before . For many critics, globalisation is essentially, an anti-democratic process that excludes the interests of a wide range of groups. But the process is not shaped by market forces alone. It is only made possible by the acquiescence if not active support of governments, especially those in advanced countries. Governments in developing countries, meanwhile, are often said to be unable to stand up to globalisation without incurring severe, costs, the government of South Africa, for example, could be punished by capital flight if it insists on implementing its agenda of social reform. The masses of South Africa, however, are likely to sustain heavier costs if the government abandons its reforming mandate. Faced with such a dilemma, governments have generally selected the side of capital for a simple reason.