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Author Wallerstein, Immanuel Maurice, 1930- author

Title The politics of the world-economy : the states, the movements, and the civilizations : essays / by Immanuel Wallerstein
Published Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, 1984
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; Melbourne, Australia ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'homme, 1984


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Description viii, 191 pages ; 24 cm
Series Studies in modern capitalism = Etudes sur le capitalisme moderne
Studies in modern capitalism.
Contents World networks and the politics of world-economy --- Patterns and prospectives of the capitalist world-economy -- 1. The states and the interstate system The states in the institutional vortex of the capitalist world-economy --- The tree instances of hegemony in the history of capitalist world-economy --- The withering away of the states --- Friends as foes --- The USA in the world today --- The world-economy and the state-structures in peripheral and dependent countries (the so-called Third World) --- Socialist states: mercantilist strategies and revolutionary objectives --- 2. Antisystemic movements The future of world-economy --- Eurocommunism: its roots in European working-class history --- Nationalism and the world transition to socialism: is there a crisis? --- Revolutionary movements in the era of US hegemony and after --- 3. The civilizational project The quality of life in different social systems: the model and the reality --- Civilization and modes of production: conflicts and convergences --- The dialectics of civilizations in the modern world-system --- The development of the concept of development
Summary In these essays, written (with one exception) between 1978 and 1982, Immanuel Wallerstein elaborates on the political and theoretical implications of the world-systems perspective outlined in his celebrated books The Modern World-System and The Capitalist World-Economy. Whereas those books centred on the historical development of the modern world-system, the essays in this volume explore the nature of world politics in the light of Wallerstein's analysis of the world-system and capitalist world-economy. Throughout, the essays offer new perspectives on the central issues of political debate today: the roles of the USA and the USSR in the world-system, the relations of the Third World states to the capitalist 'core', and the potential for socialist or revolutionary change. Different sections deal with the three major political institutions of the modern world-system: the states, the antisystemic movements, and the civilizations. The states are a classic rubric of political analysis. For Wallerstein, the limits of sovereignty are at least as important as the powers - these limits deriving from the obligatory location of the modern state in the interstate system. Social movements are a second classic rubric. For Wallerstein, the principal questions are the degree to which such movements are antisystemic, and the dilemmas state power poses for antisystemic movements. Civilizations, in contrast, are not normally seen as a political institution. That however is for Wallerstein the key to the analysis of their role in the contemporary world, and thereby a key to understanding the politics of social science. -- Publisher description
Analysis Capitalist countries Economic conditions Political aspects
Notes Published jointly by Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and Cambridge University Press, 1984
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Capitalism -- Political aspects.
Civilization, Modern -- 20th century -- Economic aspects.
Economic history -- 1945-
Economic history -- 1945-1971.
Economic history -- 20th century.
Government, Resistance to.
Quality of life.
LC no. 83020853
ISBN 0521259185