Globalization refers to the process of increasing worldwide interchanges of goods, capital, services, knowledge, and ideas; the large-scale cross-border travels and migrations by people; the mounting transnational operations of companies, nongovernmental organizations, and social movements such as consumer and environmental groups, unions, and churches; and the institutionalized international cooperation of governments within multilateral or supranational frameworks. It is driven by technological innovations in the fields of transportation and communication; by socioeconomic divides between different regions, which prompt large swaths of inhabitants of poorer areas to migrate to more developed countries; and by the uneven distribution of natural resources, which forces societies not blessed with an abundant supply of raw materials to seek them from other regions.

Globalization not only affects political institutions, economic systems, social structures, ...

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