The debate over globalization is often portrayed in both the mainstream media and some segments of academia as one that features two extremes. On one side are the “neoliberals” with a positive yet almost deterministic view of globalization. For them, the growth of an interconnected web of business, nonprofit, and governmental relations will ultimately improve living standards all over the world and the reach of this web has become all but inevitable. On the other side are those who see a nefarious side to globalization. They fear the extinction of cultural differences and ways of life for people powerless to resist the domination of forces such as the World Trade Organization, international banks, and the multinational corporations. What is often lacking in the debate is a sober and dispassionate analysis of globalization itself, an analysis that parses the influences of its more coercive aspects as well as those aspects that are the result of free and rational choices of citizens across the globe. It is this analysis that David Singh Grewal’s Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization seeks to provide.

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