Empire in the Age of Globalisation

Empire in the Age of Globalisation : US Hegemony and Neo-Liberal Disorder

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This book examines the relationship between US hegemony and contemporary globalisation. Many introductory textbooks on globalisation tend to be simplistic and conservative. This book moves things forward, providing a critical review of the globalisation debate. Kiely reveals the weaknesses of globalisation theory, and argues that we can only approach a proper understanding of the contemporary world order by linking globalisation to debates on capitalism, imperialism, neo-liberalism and universal human rights. He explores US hegemony in the light of these issues, showing how 'liberal internationalism' cannot be separated from capitalism, neo-liberalism and US empire-building. Perfect for students of globalisation and international studies, the book covers the following issues: theories of globalisation and the relationship between capitalism, neo-liberalism and globalisation; the question of state sovereignty, institutions of global governance, liberal internationalism, cosmopolitanism, realism, imperialism, 'September 11th', the Bush II administration and the war in Iraq; Bretton Woods, development, neo-Keynesian and neo-liberal capitalism, capital flows, debt, US hegemony and global finance, and global poverty and inequality; cultural imperialism, Americanisation, universal human rights, democracy and freedom, and cultural standardisation; and contemporary globalisation, US imperialism, and the question of progressive alternatives to 'actually existing globalisation'.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 20mm | 421.85g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745324495
  • 9780745324494

About Ray Kiely

Ray Kiely is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at SOAS. He has already authored a number of books including The Clash of Globalisations (2005) and Industrialisation and Development (1998).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Globalisation theory or capitalist globalisation? 3. Globalisation and politics 1: state sovereignty, cosmopolitanism and imperialism 4. Globalisation and politics 2: international relations and the post-September 11th world 5. The global economy: US hegemony from Bretton Woods to neo-liberalism 6. Globalisation, culture and rights: liberal internationalism, imperialism and universalism 7. Conclusions: US imperialism, actually existing globalisation, and the question of alternatives References Indexshow more

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Taking on mainstream globalisation theory, Ray Kiely examines vitally important questions on the nature of modern imperialism and U.S. hegemony. He makes a forceful case that, although divided by 9/11, both Presidents Clinton and Bush have been consistently committed to neo-liberalism and driven to maintain U.S. leadership within the context of globalisation. For all those concerned with the issues of war, poverty and human rights, Kiely offers a cogent critic and insightful analysis well worth the read. -- Jerry Harris, Professor of History, DeVry University, Chicago, and Organizational Secretary, Global Studies Association of North Americashow more

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