This chapter situates its overall analysis in the context of current patterns and processes of economic globalization and its now fractured interface with the East Asian “miracle”. Globalization is defined here not just as the liberalization of international trade and finance, but also as a broader process of integrating economy, technology and governance. Globalization encompasses new markets, new rules (e.g. new multilateral agreements), new tools (e.g. information technology) and new actors (e.g. the World Trade Organization [WTO] and so-called “global civil society”).2