"Paul Almeida has done it again. Through a detailed analysis of over 4,000 separate protest events across Central America, Almeida uncovers the path-dependent processes that enable some anti-neoliberalization mobilizations to take off—and achieve important concessions—while other mobilization attempts flounder. By investigating the interaction between global forces and local contexts, Almeida provides a powerful corrective to existing anti-neoliberalization analyses, which focus heavily on the "global." In fact, he argues, local contexts powerfully influence when and how civil society organizations challenge—and sometimes defeat—neoliberal politics. In the process, Almeida also extends existing scholarly understandings of transnational activism, coalition formation, and the Latin American "Left." This stellar book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex relationship between globalization, civil society, development, and democracy. "