Capitalism, Power and the Imperial State

Series Editors:
  • Henry Veltmeyer
    Research Professor in Development Studies, Universidad de Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico; Professor Emeritus in International Development Studies at Saint Mary's University, Canada
  • James Petras
    Binghamton University, New York, USA; Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada

In an increasingly turbulent political landscape, this series addresses disputed theoretical and conceptual issues within the realms of political sociology and political economy, to evaluate the shifting dynamics of global power in the modern age. With attention to the ever-changing contours of economic and political world power, Capitalism, Power and the Imperial State invites contributions from scholars looking to advance the debate between theorists of globalization and advocates of class analysis and imperialism, as well as those interested in unpacking the economic configurations of power. Focusing on how power affects, and is affected by, both the higher and lower ranks of society, it seeks to investigate the relationship between the capitalist state and imperial power, the rise of emerging regional rivalries, and polarization within the imperial state between sectors of the ‘deep state’ and the regime. A timely and important opportunity to review the ongoing crisis of the capitalist state, and to evaluate the social and political factors that influence the balance of global power in the twenty-first century, this series invites research which pays attention to the impact of the class struggle on global alignments of power, and the impact of such power on the global class war between capital and labour.


Henry Veltmeyer is Senior Research Professor of Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico; and Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at Saint Mary's University, Canada. He is the author and editor of over 40 books in areas of globalization and the political economy of development.

James Petras is Bartle Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Binghampton University, USA. He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals that include the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, and the 2002 Robert Kenny Award for Best Book.