Power and Resistance in the New World Order 2nd edition, Fully Revised and Updated

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This challenging work develops a radical theory of the new world order to argue that as the globalization of power intensifies, so too do globalized forms of resistance. Stephen Gill explains how the dialectic of power and resistance involves issues of governance, economy, and culture. This struggle is reflected in the questions of American supremacy, the power of capital, market civilization, and surveillance power. Thus new forms of political agency and collective action are emerging to challenge dominant powers.

Author Biography

STEPHEN GILL is Professor of Political Science at York University, Canada. A leading authority on political economy and international studies, his publications include Global Political Economy, American Hegemony and the Trilateral Commission, Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations and Globalization, Democratization and Multilateralism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. x
Preface to the First Editionp. xiv
Preface to the Second Editionp. xix
Reading Gramscip. xx
The universal contradictionp. xxiii
A Word on the Structure of the Bookp. xxvi
Personal, Political and Intellectual Influencesp. 1
Politics in the classroom and the politics of classp. 2
A sociological perspective on world orderp. 5
Disciplinary neo-liberalism and the end of historyp. 8
Social and International Theoryp. 11
Epistemology, Ontology and the Critique of Political Economyp. 15
Epistemology and politicsp. 15
Differences between Gramscian and positivist approachesp. 17
The critique of political economy: four argumentsp. 20
Beyond vulgar Marxism and the orthodox discoursesp. 38
Transnational Historical Materialism and World Orderp. 42
The limits of the possiblep. 43
The emergence of modern world ordersp. 47
Twentieth-century world order: between hegemony and passive revolutionp. 58
Twenty-first century world order: dialectic between the old and radically newp. 64
Hegemony, Culture and Imperialismp. 67
Cultural resistance after the Chilean coup, 1973p. 68
The Chilean question and global politicsp. 70
The Political Economy of World Orderp. 73
US Hegemony in the 1980s: Limits and Prospectsp. 80
Theories of hegemonic decline and the conventional wisdomp. 81
A critique of the conventional wisdomp. 85
Decline or continuity?p. 89
US hegemony and transnational capitalismp. 91
Towards a more liberal and transnational hegemonyp. 96
The Power of Capital: Direct and Structuralp. 100
Historic blocs and social structures of accumulationp. 100
States, markets and the power of capitalp. 103
The direct power of capitalp. 107
The structural power of capitalp. 109
The power of capital: limits and contradictionsp. 116
Globalization, Market Civilization and Disciplinary Neo-Liberalismp. 123
Introductionp. 124
Analyzing power and knowledge in the global political economyp. 127
The meaning of 'globalization'p. 130
'Disciplinary' neo-liberalismp. 137
New constitutionalism and global governancep. 138
Panopticism and the coercive face of the neo-liberal statep. 142
Neo-liberal contradictions and the movement of historyp. 145
The Geopolitics of the Asian Crisisp. 150
Crisis, danger and opportunityp. 151
The 'usual suspects' and the imposition of neo-liberalismp. 152
Mystification and the East Asian modelp. 154
The restructuring of East Asia and the new geopolitics of capitalp. 155
Conclusionp. 159
Law, Justice and New Constitutionalismp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Property rights, contracts and the liberal rule of lawp. 163
Dimensions of new constitutionalismp. 169
Conclusionp. 175
Global Transformation and Political Agencyp. 177
Globalizing Elites in the Emerging World Orderp. 183
Global disintegration-integrationp. 183
Perspectives, classes and elitesp. 192
Globalizing elites and social stratificationp. 193
Globalism, territorialism and the United Statesp. 197
Concluding reflectionsp. 203
Surveillance Power in Global Capitalismp. 206
Panoptic powerp. 208
American informational capitalism and world powerp. 213
Expanded reproduction of capital and social orderp. 216
Production and social reproductionp. 221
US social order/disorder: enclavisation and incarcerationp. 223
Homeland securityp. 225
'Future image architecture': monitoring enemies and friendsp. 227
Conclusionp. 232
The Post-modern Princep. 237
Why the WTO talks failed?p. 238
The contradictions of neo-liberal globalization and the Seattle protestsp. 240
Towards a post-modern Prince?p. 244
Alternatives, Real and Imaginedp. 249
Alternative concepts of global leadershipp. 250
Global relations of force and changing conditions of existencep. 253
Global alternatives: dominant, progressive and reactionaryp. 256
Latin America and Brazil: limits and possibilitiesp. 261
Imagining the future of the progressive movements: six propositionsp. 265
Bibliographyp. 270
Indexp. 279
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