In Imperialism and Global Political Economy Alex Callinicos intervenes in one of the main political and intellectual debates of the day. Imperialism and Global Political Economy, Polity Press: Cambridge,. capitalist heartland, this book by Alex Callinicos could hardly have arrived in a more. Book review: Alex Callinicos Imperialism and Global Political Economy, Polity Press: Cambridge, ; pp: , £ (pbk). Show all authors.
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Imperialism and global political economy
Let us return to the issue of inter-imperialist rivalries. It would be easier to believe that it could if the inflow of capital financing the deficit were attracted by higher profits than are obtainable elsewhere: Amy Claire rated it really liked it Oct 12, In the second half of Imperialism and Global Political Economy Callinicos traces the history of capitalist imperialism from the Dutch East India Company to the specific patterns of economic and geopolitical competition in the contemporary era of American decline and Chinese expansion.
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Just a moment while glonal sign you in to your Goodreads account. Arwin rated it really liked it Dec 27, Even if one discounts any such displacement of the US by China, the profound econmy being concentrated in East Asia cannot be ignored. Be the first to ask a question about Imperialism and Global Political Economy.
Not simply was the conquest of Iraq thus a pre-emptive strike by the US, less against Saddam Hussein than against lmperialism other leading powers, but the unfolding of the crisis made the tensions within the Western bloc dramatically visible.
Bill Crane rated it really liked it Aug 07, American politicians and commentators have tended to portray the affair as a case of parochial, money-obsessed Europeans failing to see the bigger geopolitical picture.
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Paperbackpages. All of this is fair enough, and one can add other specific reasons why economic competition within the Western bloc need not translate into military conflict. Harvey, as the passage cited at the start of this paper makes very clear, conceives the relationship between the logics of territorial and capitalist imperialis as a dialectical one in which the two potentially contradict one another.
Remarks of this nature rather put into perspective any predictions that the future course of capitalist development will be pacific. If these arguments are correct, the implications are very serious for Panitch and Gindin.
Imperialism and Global Political Economy. Social X rated it really liked it Jan 08, Obviously, the evidence is extremely complex, contradictory, difficult to parse, and subject to various interpretations. Nikos Loudos rated it it was amazing Mar 16, He then outlines a theory of the oolitical between capitalism as an economic system and the international state system, carving out a distinctive position compared to other contemporary theorists of empire and imperialism such as Antonio Negri, David Harvey, Giovanni Arrighi, and Ellen Wood.
The contradictions that are now concentrated in China are thus symptomatic of the current state of the global political economy — of, not the stable incorporation of world capitalism within the American informal empire, but the fragility of the global accumulation process and of geopolitics today. The crisis over Iraq brought all this into dramatic focus. Charlie Burton rated it it was amazing Apr 11, In the first part, he critically assesses the classical theories of imperialism developed in the era of the First World War by Marxists such as Lenin, Luxemburg, and Bukharin and by the Liberal economist J.
Hence, once the balance of class forces had shifted back in favour of capital — as it did, not just in the US but throughout advanced capitalism between and — the ineluctable consequence was a recovery in profitability and an end to crisis.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The global policies of the United States in the past decade have encouraged the widespread belief that we live in a new era of imperialism. Moreover, the idea of a return to the Great Power rivalries of —while as I argue below containing an important element of truth, stated baldly implied a simple repetition of earlier historical patterns without taking into account the effects of the concrete forms taken by economic and geopolitical competition in the intervening Cold War era.
But the fact that the US-dominated space did not fragment does not mean that serious tensions do not exist within it, or that maintaining it intact does not require continuing and contested effort on the part of the American state. But they are insufficiently sensitive to the strains to which it has been increasingly subjected as a result of two overlapping processes. All these weighty strategic analyses could be so much epiphenomenal fluff, beneath which lies the reality of a secure and invincible American empire.
Moreover, it is important to understand that, whatever is eccentric, aberrant, or disputed about the neocon worldview relative to the broader US national security elite, it is not this concern with addressing the problem of potential peer competitors.
Pete Ramand rated it really liked it Jan 20, The problem for concrete analyses of politiical situations is to keep the two sides of this dialectic simultaneously in motion and not to lapse into either a solely political or a predominantly economic mode of argumentation.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The case for this proposition is argued very powerfully by Peter Gowan in an unpublished paper, Industrial Dynamics and Interstate Relations in fallinicos Core.
Here it would be useful to compare their work with that of Harvey, who in The New Imperialism seeks to integrate the geopolitical strategy of the US under George W. Stated most rigorously by Bukharin, what I henceforth call the classical Marxist theory of imperialism affirms that capitalism in imperialisn imperialist stage politicla defined by two potentially conflicting tendencies: While of long standing and indeed partially related to the first processthese tendencies were reinforced by qnd collapse of the Cold War partition of the world in —91, which removed the most obvious rationale for the system of alliances that had knitted together advanced capitalism under US hegemony.
It is an important addition to the revival of interest in the critique of empire. Brenner, The Capitalist Economy, — From International Socialism 2: This article was originally delivered as a paper at the conference on Korean Economy: Callinicos is trying to clarify his position within the Marxist debates on imperialism. Secondly, Panich and Gindin insist on giving proper weight to the state as a relatively autonomous actor.
But if tendencies to boom and crisis are the consequence of structural realities — in particular, relatively decentralised and anarchic competition among capitals — that are not easily amenable to collective interventions even by the most powerful capitalist states, then these states, the US included, are much more constrained in their actions than Panitch and Gindin are prepared pokitical concede.
And such a theory needs to comprise not only inter-imperial rivalry, and the conjunctural predominance of one imperial state, but also the structural penetration of former rivals clalinicos one imperial state GCAEpp.
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Very much looking forward to reading the debates between Callinicos and Chris Harman about the former’s support of Althusser, and also the latter’s critique of this book. Financial Times20 and 21 July Supply-side theories of crises are agent-centred, since they explain the business cycle in terms of the relative capacities for self-organisation of collective class actors.
Jim Plank rated it really liked it Sep 16, Marxists have over the past few decades sought to develop theorisations of the state that give proper weight to its role as an independent actor.