anti-globalization movement

The anti-globalization movement was a loose coalition of activists who in the late 20th century to oppose globalization, the ascendency of corporate power over nation states and the Bretton Woods institutions that underpinned the capitalist global economic system.

From 1997 to 2003 large protests, some numbering in the hundreds of thousands, were generally marginalized by mainstream media and governments because of their strongly "anti-business" views.

Although adherents of the movement often work together, the movement itself is heterogeneous and includes diverse, sometimes opposing, understandings of the globalization process, alternative visions, strategies and tactics.

Critics of the anti-globalization movement accuse the activists of having no coherent alternative plan to the economic status quo.