In this smart and concise examination of the trends driving contemporary globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse argues that the United States' pursuit of global primacy is based upon a complex melding of neoliberal economics and hegemonic politics. Do alternate capitalisms offer viable alternatives to the American way? Globalization or Empire? looks at globalization with acuity and thoughtfulness and uncovers its underlying dramas.
Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy and author of Globalization and Culture and Empire and Emancipation.
"American empire stalks the globe, but what kind of empire is it? What is the relationship between this empire and globalization? Does the Bush administration offer a monstrous hybrid of the logics of capital and war? Nederveen Pieterse's book takes on these pressing, heady questions and offers provocative and compelling answers. Globalization or Empire? is a magisterial primer on the history of the present. A tour de force!" -- Michael Watts, Director, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
"Provocative and insightful as always, Jan Nederveen Pieterse unravels the many dimensions of corporate-driven globalization, particularly its links with empire and American hyperpower. Nederveen Pieterse is indispensable in helping us understand the meaning of recent global developments like Washington's aggressive unilateralism and the emergence of the vast and diverse anti-globalization movement." -- Walden Bello, Director of Focus on the Global South, Professor of Sociology, University of the Philippines and author of Deglobalization
"As the project of economic globalization gets superimposed with the imperial 'Project for a New American Century' and a unipolar world seems inevitable, Nederveen Pieterse's Globalization or Empire? provides a helpful roadmap to explore how the two projects of contemporary domination are related yet different, and how the exercise of unrestrained power has the seeds of self-destruction built into it. This is an important book for all those seeking a coherent, intelligent and hopeful path out of the economic and political mess we find ourselves in." -- Vandana Shiva, Director of the Research Foundation for Science Technology & Ecology, New Delhi
"Nederveen Pieterse asks us to think rigorously about terms like neo-liberalism, globalization, empire and imperialism and to ground our analysis of contemporary international economics and politics in clear concepts, attention to real mechanisms and hard evidence. His book is a valuable guide to a very wide range of literature on contemporary international dynamics. Those wishing to get to the heart of the big contemporary international issues should buy this book." -- Peter Gowan, London Metropolitan University