The economic environment is a major determinant of global market potential and opportunity

The economic environment is a major determinant of global market potential and opportunity. In today’s global economy, capital movements are the driving force, production is uncoupled from employment, and capitalism has vanquished communism. Based on patterns of resource allocation and ownership, the world’s economies can be categorized as market capitalism, centrally-planned capitalism, centrally-planned socialism, and market socialism. The final years of the twentieth century were marked by transitions toward market capitalism in many countries that had been centrally controlled. However, there still exists a great disparity among the nations of the world in terms of economic freedom.

Market capitalism 
An economic system in which individuals and firms allocate resources and production resources are privately owned. Consumers decide what goods they desire and firms determine what and how much to produce; the role of the state in market capitalism is to promote competition.