Globalization has become the new century's most abused buzzword. Advocates and detractors alike bend its meaning to fit their arguments.
In truth, globalization entails a dense web of cross-border relationships that range from the very evident - one example is the exotic fruits found in supermarkets - to the very subtle, such as the opinions that become conventional wisdom as a result of the unprecedented boom in human interaction.
One aspect frequently missed in the debates about globalization is its measurement: How extensive is globalization? Which countries are the most globalized? The least? And why?
Those rare instances in which anyone …