The Politics of Empire

The Politics of Empire : Globalisation in Crisis

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"One of neo-liberalism's greatest crimes is to downgrade the history of ideas. This book digs deep into history and, in a timely way, celebrates an intellectual but practical approach to the social, economic and environmental threats posed by globalisation." Ann Pettifor, Senior Associate, New Economics Foundation and Editor, Real World Economic Outlook "A book that isn't afraid to call today's specific 'globalization' process by its proper name - another phase of imperialism! ...Strongly recommended for those wishing to understand the damage that is being wreaked in the name of promoting global prosperity and democracy." Achin Vanaik Bringing together nine leading writers and activists from around the world, this book explores the origins of a new age of Empire. The contributors show globalisation is the driving force behind the new and warlike period that began with the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. Writers including Walden Bello, Jayati Ghosh, Kate Hudson, Boris Kagarlitsky and Alan Freeman offer a wealth of factual evidence showing that globalisation has driven apart peoples, classes and nations, shaping and reshaping key regions of the world. Challenging the idea that it is inevitable, they argue that its economic contradictions have thrown the world order that sustained it into crisis. Globalisation's opponents are shaping a new intellectual tradition. For the first time, the book brings together the critiques thrown up by resistance to globalisation, to war, and to imperialism. Free from ideology and dogma, the book shows how the peace and anti-globalisation movements can join forces and face the coming period of world history. Essential reading for anyone involved in the peace and anti-globalisation movements, this book is also ideal for students of politics, economics and international relations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 3 figures
  • 0745321836
  • 9780745321837
  • 1,772,387

About Alan Freeman

Alan Freeman is a cultural economist, formerly a principal economist with the Greater London Authority. He is a visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University, and a Research Fellow of Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and of the University of Kent, England. With Radhika Desai, he is co-editor of the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series. With Andrew Kliman, he is co-editor of Critique of Political Economy (COPE), an online journal of critical economics. He is also a committee member of the Association for Heterodox Economics and a vice-chair of the World Association for Political Economy. Boris Kagarlitsky is a senior research fellow in the Institute for Comparative Political Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was a political prisoner under Brezhnev and latterly has been an adviser to the Chair of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia. He is the author of New Realism, New Barbarism (1999), The Twilight of Globalisation (2000), The Return of Radicalism (2000) and Russia under Yeltsin and Putin (2002), all published by Pluto Press.show more

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One of neo-liberalism's greatest crimes is to downgrade history, and the history of ideas. This book digs deep into history and, in a timely way, celebrates an intellectual but practical approach to the social, economic and environmental threats posed by globalisation. -- Ann Pettifor, Senior Associate, New Economics Foundation and Editor, Real World Economic Outlook A book that isn't afraid to call today's specific 'globalization' process by its proper name - another phase of imperialism! By doing so, the contributors, coming from different parts of the world and therefore providing graphic accounts of the geographically diverse impacts of this imperialism, are able to link the political (the US drive towards global empire) and the economic (neoliberal dominance) in the best traditions of historical and holistic scholarship. ... Strongly recommended for those wishing to understand the damage that is being wreaked in the name of promoting global prosperity and democracy. -- Achin Vanaikshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: World empire - or a world of empires? 2. The inequality of nations 3. The Crisis of the Globalist Project and the New Economics of George W. Bush 4. Imperialist Globalization and the Political Economy of South Asia 5. Globalization and the New World Order: The new dynamics of imperialism and war 6. The Crisis of Global Capitalism: how it Looks from Latin America 7. Facing Global Apartheid 8. Unity, diversity and international cooperation: The US war drive and the anti-war movement 9. From Global Crisis to Neo-Imperialism: the Case for a Radical Alternative Notes on contributors Indexshow more

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