Titel: Beyond Us Hegemony: Assessing the Prospects for a Multipolar World
Autor/en: Samir Amin
ZED BOOKS LTD
April 2006 - kartoniert - 191 Seiten
Samir Amin rejects the notion that the current form of neoliberal capitalism is an inevitable future for humanity. He analyzes tendencies within the US, Europe and Japan, the rising powers of China and India, the likely future trajectory of post-Soviet Russia, and the developing world. He explores whether other hegemonic blocs may emerge to circumscribe American power, and force free market capitalism to adjust to demands other than its narrow central economic logic. He identifies the key global campaigns that he feels progressives should launch, and warns that there is no alternative to winning political power.
Introduction 1. The Triad - America, Europe and Japan: united or fragmented? The project of the American ruling class: spreading the Monroe Doctrine to the rest of the world The shifting sands of the European project The clash of political cultures And Japan? 2. Does the rise of China challenge the imperialist order? The origins of China's rise: revolution or opening to the world? Market socialism: a stage in the transition to socialism, or a short-cut to capitalism? So, what is to be done? An uncertain future 3. Russia out of the tunnel? Basic characteristics of the Soviet system (A corporatist regime; autocratic power; stabilized social order; economic delinking of the Soviet system; military and political superpower) New forms of capitalism in Russia (The integration of the new Russia as a minor periphery of the contemporary imperialist capitalist system; irresponsible autocratic power; degenerated and weakened corporatism; uncontrolled regionalism; Russia removed from the international scene; ideological decline) Is there a worthwhile alternative in Russia today? 4. India, a great power? The colonial inheritance? Success and limitations of the populist national project The liberal and culturalist drift The long and difficult march of alter globalization 5. Can solidarity be rebuilt among the countries of the South? A critical balance-sheet of the 'Bandung era' (1955-1975) The roots of Africa's exclusion Is South Africa the weak link in the system? Can the downward drift of the Arab world be reversed? Latin America and the Caribbean in a tricontinental perspective The East as a new South? A new basis for solidarity among the peoples of the South 6. Reform of the UN as part of a multipolar globalization Managing national sovereignty within the UN framework A balance-sheet of UN operations (1945-1980) Conflict and overlap between economic and political management The empire of chaos: sovereignty, social justice and development go by the board The alternative: simultaneous construction of social justice, international justice and a new popular sovereignty Proposals for a renaissance of the UN On the economic management of globalization On the institutionalization of international justice A plan for action 7. Conclusions Annexes Index
Samir Amin, who was born in Egypt in 1931, has a worldwide reputation as a radical thinker on the changing nature of capitalism, North-South relations, and development theory. He has been director of IDEP (the United Nations African Institute for Planning), director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal, and a co-founder of the World Forum for Alternatives. He is widely published, including bestselling Zed titles Obsolescent Capitalism (2003), Capitalism in the Age of Globalisation (1997) and Europe and the Arab World (2005).