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Civil Society. Relationships not controlled by the state or, more commonly, all forms of association
outside of state and market. Currently also denotes work of nongovernmental organizations. Used by
critics and movement activists to refer to source of resistance to and the sphere of social life to be
protected against globalization.

Cold War. Hostile relationship, reflected in arms race and competition for global influence, between
Soviet bloc and U.S.-led NATO, 1945-1991. "Iron curtain" across central Europe marked key division in
"bipolar" world until fall of Berlin Wall, 1989. End variously traced to internal difficulties of Soviet
regime, pressure from U.S. arms buildup, and resistance to Communism in eastern Europe.

Colonialism. Permanent rule of one country or region by another, usually based on conquest. Feature
of European expansion since sixteenth century, as Western powers took control of people and territory
across much of globe. Last wave in Africa, late-nineteenth century. South American colonies gained
independence in nineteenth century, African and Asian after WW II.

Commodification. Tendency to turn goods and services, even land and labor, into products for sale in
market; used critically to describe loss of human qualities in capitalist production and exchange

Communism. Ideology centered on eliminating class inequality via collective ownership of means of
production; form of one-party government controlling economy and society in name of such ideology.
Rooted in work of Karl Marx and other nineteenth-century critics of industrial capitalism. After heyday in
mid-twentieth century, influence declined with demise of Soviet Union and other Communist regimes

Comparative Advantage. Standard economic concept accounting for gains from trade due to tendency
of countries to export goods they produce relatively efficiently. "A country has comparative advantage
in producing a good if the opportunity cost [value of opportunities forgone in making a choice] of
producing that good in terms of other goods is lower in that country than it is in other countries" (P.
Krugman and M. Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy, 1997, p. 14). In particular
cases, used to justify specialization by countries in international division of labor.

Core. Wealthy countries with dominant role in world economy. Geographic equivalent of capitalist
ruling class. World-system theory designation for areas that control capital, operate with leading-edge
technology and free labor, are supported by strong states, can set global terms of trade and exploit
regional division of labor.

Cosmopolitanism. Attitude of concern for world as whole, interest in universal principles; commonly
contrasted with nationalism, particularism

Cultural Imperialism. Form of cultural hegemony enabling some states to impose worldview, values,
and lifestyles on others. Term used by critics of American global influence to describe how U.S.
dominates others, e.g., by disseminating ideology of consumerism, hedonistic popular culture, or
particular model of free-market society.


Foreign Direct Investment. Investment by firm based in one country in actual productive capacity or
other real assets in another country, normally through creation of a subsidiary by a multinational

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1-3. 1974-. Holds that proliferation of models and principles for global action. World-system theory. Copyright 2000-2001 . The Modern World-System. click here. click here. to profit from control of cheap labor and unequal exchange. Holds that sixteenth-century capitalist expansion from European core founded now fully global hierarchy of regions and geographic division of labor.World polity theory. Vol. for relevant journal. shape globe through institutional enactment. Wallerstein. enabling owners of capital. See I. including sovereign state and individual. for papers by Wallerstein and colleagues. supported by strong states. creating similarity across societal boundaries.Frank Lechner .