Hegemonic Transitions, the State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism
Edited by Yildiz Atasoy
Routledge – 2008 – 290 pages
Routledge – 2008 – 290 pages
More than 15 years have passed since the end of the Cold War, but uncertainty persists in the political-economic shaping of the world economy and state system. Although many countries have institutionalized neoliberal policies since the mid-1970s, these
policies have not taken hold to the same degree, nor have their effects been uniform across all countries. Nevertheless there has been widespread deepening of inequalities, and, therefore, scepticism towards the neoliberal project. Uncertainty prevails not only in the relations between states, but also in the relations between forces of capital, citizens, and political power within states. Moreover, there is conceptual confusion in our understanding of the events and processes of neoliberal global transformation. This collection of essays provides a comprehensive theoretical and empirical examination
of neoliberal restructuring as a complex political process. In an effort to penetrate and clarify this complexity, the book explores the connections between the economy, state, society, and citizens, while also offering current examples of resistance to neoliberalism.
The book provides a forum for rethinking politics that represents a turn to societal forces as essential not only to the uncovering of this complexity but also to the formulation of democratic possibilities beyond global hegemonic projects. The book does not seek to produce a new model for social change, nor does it dwell on the spatial aspects of modernity's new form or the emergence of a new state hegemony (China) or new forms of rule (empire) in managing the world capitalist economy. Instead, the book argues that an understanding of hegemonic transformations requires the problematization of global power as embedded in historically specific social relations.
1. Hegemonic Transitions, the State, and Crisis in Neoliberalism, Yildiz Atasoy, Part I: Global Power in World Historical Context: Citizenship and the State, 2. Global Citizenship and Multiple Sovereignties: Reconstituting Modernity, Philip McMichael, 3. Tracking the Transnational Capitalist Class: The View From on High, William K. Carroll, 4. Global State Formation and Global Democracy: A World Historical Perspective, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Hiroko Inoue, Alexis Alvarez, and Richard Niemeyer, Part II: Global Authority: Finance, Health, and Food, 5. The US Treasury and the Re-emergence of Global Finance, David Sara, 6. Calling the Shots: Global Networks of Trade in Vaccines, Anna da Silva, 7. The Human Right to Food: ‘Voluntary Guidelines’ Negotiations, Julian Germann, Part III: Reconfiguring States and the Economy: The Fragile Diversity of Neoliberalism, 8. The Divergent Roles of Political and Economic Elites in NAFTA Countries, Malcolm Fairbrother, 9. Islamic Engagement with European Universalism: State Transformation in Turkey, Yildiz Atasoy, 10. Privatization and Corporate Reforms in Post-Soviet Tatarstan, Anna Sher, Part IV: Paradoxes of Citizenship: The Recomposition of Social Solidarity Networks, 11. A Cultural Turn in Politics: Bourgeois Class Identity and White-Turk Discourses, Sedef Arat-Koc, 12. The Permanent State of Exception: International Administration in Kosovo, Besnik Pula, 13. Left-Indigenous Politics in Bolivia: The Constituent Assembly and Evo Morales, Jeffery R. Webber, 14. The Brazilian Landless Movement: Mobilization for Transformative Politics, Abdurazack Karriem
Yildiz Atasoy is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser
University, Canada. Her books include Turkey, Islamists and Democracy: Transition and Globalization in a Muslim State (2005) and Global Shaping and Its Alternatives (co-editor, with William K. Carroll, 2003).