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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This polarisation glkbal present and future seriously underestimates the fluidity of contemporary geopolitics. This differentiates Panitch and Gindin from those, such as Brenner and Harvey, who argue correctly, in my view that global capitalism continues to suffer from the crisis of profitability and over-accumulation that first exploded in the mids. Let a quotation from the last of these texts suffice: Alex Callinicos’ new book, is a crucial intervention into these arguments Open Preview See a Problem?
Imperialism and global political economy
But I sorta thought the whole point of Marxism was to reject the “simplify and specialize” ethos of positivism. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Callinicos explores these questions in t In Imperialism and Global Political Economy Alex Callinicos intervenes in one of the main political and intellectual debates of the day.
May 13, Tess rated it really liked it Shelves: From a broader historical perspective, it seems simply perverse to deny any broader economic and geopolitical significance to dallinicos role played by China in particular and East Asian capitalism in general in financing the US deficit.
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.
Nathan Renault rated it really liked it Sep 14, Theory 23 1 The Classical Legacy 25 1.
Imperialism and Global Political Economy
He breaks the field into three basic categories: The global policies of the United States in the past decade have encouraged the widespread ecomomy that we live in a new era of imperialism. Harvey, The New Imperialism Oxfordpp.
Teschke, The Myth of London Charlie Burton rated it it was amazing Apr 11, China may perhaps emerge eventually as a pole of inter-imperial power, but it will obviously remain very far from reaching such a status for a good many decades. Rafel Sanchis-palop rated it it was amazing Nov 06, 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.
Even if one discounts any such displacement of the US by China, the profound tensions being concentrated in East Asia cannot be ignored. Its strengths are, firstly, that it is historically open, in allowing for the exploration of politifal types of imperialism. Description In Imperialism and Global Political Economy Alex Callinicos intervenes in one of the main political and intellectual debates of the day.
On the one hand, the administration has if anything strengthened its rhetorical commitment to spreading democracy by the sword.
There are, of course, different versions of this intellectual enterprise, which seeks systematically to relate geopolitical relations to the process of capital accumulation. It is inherent in the nature of imperialism that it involves economic and geopolitical competition among a plurality of major capitalist states. Tad Tietze rated it really liked it Aug 22, Now, Marx famously imperia,ism that if essence and appearance coincided then science would be superfluous.
Callinicos explores these questions in this wide-ranging book. In this book Callinicos traces the history of Imperialism, both as a political concept, and as a force that shaped, and continues to shape, the world we live in. caolinicos
Alex Callinicos: Imperialism and global political economy (Autumn )
One of the stranger aspects is that he readily admits that David Harvey, who shares his view, basically made a stronger case for it in his The New Imperialism than Callinicos himself did the first time around. Pete Ramand rated it really liked it Jan 20, The Financial Times reports: It is an important addition to the revival of interest in the critique of empire.
Selected pages Title Page. Nor was this said simply by members of the Taiwan lobby or bug-eyed Republican China-bashers. The relationship between these imperialims logics should be seen therefore as problematic and often contradictory that is, dialectical rather than as functional alrx one-sided.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Accordingly, this article is devoted to assessing this critique and the alternative analysis it seeks to support. More detailed analysis of the causes and consequences of the Iraq war will be found in A. The main reasons for this are, of course, the global primacy of the United States and the arrogance with which the Bush administration has flaunted this pre-eminence, above all in the military field.
The Cheney theory implies that the US could easily continue a trade deficit that, on current trends, will rise from 6 percent to 10 percent of GDP by the start of the next decade. We must hope — and act to ensure — that this fragility does not make itself felt in too brutal and destructive a way.
Similarly, I conceptualise imperialism as the intersection of economic and geopolitical competition in part precisely to avoid the suggestion that the latter is an epiphenomenon of the former. They elaborate their own alternative approach thus:.
And he seems to find a lot more nuance in his own position than he does in the other two. A century or two earlier these two competitive logics had been distinct, rooted in different modes of production: Not simply was the conquest of Iraq thus a pre-emptive strike by the US, less against Saddam Hussein than against the other leading powers, but the unfolding of the crisis made the tensions within the Western bloc dramatically visible.
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. But, once again, it is hardly news.
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Callinicos is trying to clarify his position within the Marxist debates on imperialism. But the aim of the French president, Jacques Chirac, seems to have been straightforwardly geopolitical — to find in the rising power of China a counter-weight to American hegemony. The case of Japan underlines the importance of not reducing geopolitical to economic relations. In consequence, an increasingly integrated world economy becomes the arena for econo,y among capitals that tends now to take the form of geopolitical conflict among states.
Behind this lies, of course, the failure of the occupation itself. In my view, Panitch and Gindin are mistaken both in holding to an over-politicised theory of crisis and in asserting that global capitalism in general, and the US in particular, have overcome the crisis of profitability that developed in the s.