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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Let a quotation from the last of these texts suffice: I have elaborated this perspective in A. Anyone who doubts the real problems posed by the American deficit could do worse than economt consult the excellent series of articles on the subject by Martin Wolf published in the Financial Times on 1, 8 and 22 December Secondly, it is non-reductionist, since it involves a concrete analysis of the relative influence of each of these dimensions in each specific situation.
Kiridaren Ecnoomy rated it it was amazing Sep 15, He breaks the field into three basic categories: Be the first to ask a question about Imperialism and Global Political Economy. He then outlines a theory of the relationship 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.
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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. Insofar as remarks of this kind imply a rejection of instrumentalist conceptions of the state that treat it as a mere tool in the hands of big business, the point is well taken.
What such a theory does is to render the movements of the capitalist economy dependent on those of the class struggle. Marc De rated it liked it Jan 11, The difficulty with this line of argument is that it says nothing at all about the strategic thinking behind the Iraq war.
He then outlines a theory of the relationship 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. They elaborate their own alternative approach thus:. Anton rated it it was ok Apr 06, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Imperialism and Global Political Economy
But it does not follow that this competition must necessarily take the form of conflict, ultimately military, among a relatively small number of roughly equal Great Powers or coalitions of Great Powers — as it did in the lead-up to both the First and Second World Wars. But the role, already noted, that Asian central banks now play in financing the deficit highlights the role of more political or more political-economic considerations in this policy — for example, avoiding the dependence on foreign capital that had such a devastating impact during the crisis of —98 and keeping Asian currencies at a competitive level against the dollar and thereby permitting the maintenance of the high-export economic model on which East Asian capitalism is based.
No one is better qualified for this task than Alex Callinicos. Boron, Empire and Imperialism London But I sorta thought the whole point of Marxism was to reject the “simplify and specialize” ethos of positivism. Moreover, it would be a mistake to underestimate the reality and the destabilising potential of conflicts among the advanced capitalist states.
The conclusion that Panitch and Gindin draw from this analysis is not to invite us, in the face of the evidence, to conclude impeialism all is well with the contemporary imperial order:. Gindin, Finance and American Empireas above, p.
His compelling historical narrative, clear theoretical exposition and politically engaged adjudication make this essential reading not only for students pollitical Marxism or International Relations, but also for anyone who wonders why, at the start of the twenty-first century, the Lenin-Bukharin thesis has not, will not, and should not go away.
But they are insufficiently sensitive to the strains to which it gglobal been increasingly subjected as a result of two overlapping processes.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. The global policies of the United States in the past decade have encouraged the widespread belief that we polotical in a new era of imperialism. Pete Ramand rated it really liked it Jan 20, 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.
Reading Alex Callinicos’ Imperialism as the West once again began to bomb Iraq for the third time and in the aftermath of a summer akex Israeli assault on Palestine, I was struck by the clarity and importance of the Marxist analysis of Imperialism. 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. Trivia Callinnicos Imperialism politicsl G The problem for concrete analyses of actual 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.
The contradictions that are now concentrated in China alexx thus symptomatic of the current state of the global political economy — of, calliniicos the stable incorporation of world capitalism within the American informal empire, but the fragility of the global accumulation process and of geopolitics today.
Obviously, the evidence is extremely complex, contradictory, difficult to parse, politival subject to various interpretations. Return to Book Page. From this perspective modern imperialism is what happens where two previously distinct forms of competition merged, as they did in the late 19th century: Mann, Incoherent Empire London Marxists should be particularly well equipped to respond to this development, given the importance that their tradition has given to the concept of imperialism.
Panitch and Gindin are right to see this achievement as a result of the pursuit of a conscious grand strategy by the American ruling class, as numerous studies have confirmed. Snehal rated it it was amazing May 15, If these arguments are correct, the implications are very serious for Panitch and Gindin. But, once again, it is hardly news.
Running through these errors is a failure to appreciate the importance in conceptualising imperialism as a proper understanding of:.
The classical theories were defective in their historical reading of imperialism, in their treatment of the dynamics of capital accumulation, and in their elevation of a conjunctural moment of inter-imperial rivalry to an immutable law of globalisation Global Capitalism and American Empire Londonhereafter GCAEp.