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By Kees Van Der Pijl

ISBN-10: 0745325416

ISBN-13: 9780745325415

This powerfully argued and cogent booklet demanding situations the commonly primary concept that the age of foreign rivalries is completed. Kees van der Pijl continues that under the skin of the present development to globalise and homogenise during the transnationalism of capital and sophistication formation lies a profound waft in the direction of disintegration and conflagration.

In this well-documented learn of recent foreign historical past, the author:

- demanding situations the suggestion that the realm at the present time has been unified less than a unmarried economy (capitalism) with an ‘international community’ policing it to guard democracy and human rights;

- perspectives capitalist globalisation as establishing up rifts of the earlier, laborious nature, exacerbating inequality and developing instabilities;

- argues that the obvious homogenisation of the worldwide political financial system hides a distinct stream in the direction of social challenge and clash; and

- offers with many of the key problems with our time, within the time-honoured demeanour of the nice sweep of historical past.

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State intervention was generally seen as the obvious solution to problems in society and the economy. The contender state legacy thus merged with the shift in the balance of class forces, into what Robert Cox has dubbed the ‘welfare nationalist state’—welfare in exchange for loyalty to the nation. The growth of working-class militancy, against the backdrop of the parallel consolidation of the Soviet Union, tilted this compromise further to the left by the mid-century. 74 Corporate liberalism, I would argue, represents the furthest point of development of the democratic revolution in the West.

Hobbes (1968: 223, 227); King (1974: 57–8); Calder (1981: 225). Fractures and Faultlines in the Global Political Economy 29 23. Macpherson in Hobbes (1968: 47–8, 56). : 387). 24. Geyl (1969: 82, 83). 25. Calder (1981: 178). 26. : 232–3). The Protestant union still fits closely with the pattern of absolutist dynastic union; cf. Teschke (2003: 225–6). 27. On the Navigation Act and its anti-Dutch intentions and consequences, see Padfield (2000: 90). ), has a sharper eye for the uniqueness of Britain and its policy of ‘active balancing’ on the continent.

64. On the theory of ‘structural coupling’ developed by Bob Jessop, cf. Palan (2003: 72–4). 65. In terms of the overall use of force, the ‘democratic peace thesis’ can be dismissed as propaganda. While military conflict is rare among democracies, overall ‘there is little difference in the war involvement of democracies and other regimes’ (E. Weede, quoted in Houweling and Siccama [1993: 404]); cf. Halperin (2004). 66. The essays in Keohane and Nye (1973) remain required reading on transnational political relations.

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