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By Jan Nederveen Pieterse

During this clever and concise exam of the tendencies using modern globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse argues that the us' pursuit of worldwide primacy is predicated upon a posh melding of neoliberal economics and hegemonic politics. Do exchange capitalisms supply workable choices to the yankee method? Globalization or Empire? appears at globalization with acuity and thoughtfulness and uncovers its underlying dramas.

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Neoliberal globalization and hegemony are intrusive, but empire is intrusive to a much greater degree. Note an ordinary newspaper report of August 2003: “As one of the 24 senior advisors with the Coalition Provisional Authority, the United Statesled civilian administration of postwar Iraq, Dr. Erdmann is charged with getting the higher education system back on its feet. While American policy puts the future of Iraqi academia in its own hands, the 20 universities and 43 technical schools must turn to Dr Erdmann for everything from rebuilding looted lecture halls to releasing their budgets.

How to interpret the American regime change from neoliberal globalization to military globalism? Does it follow from triumph in the cold war or also from the failure of the neoliberal project? Hyperpower status and economic reorientation may both hold true for different actors. Another obvious question is whether the policies of the Bush II administration are a blip or a trend; do they represent an extension of the “unipolar moment” that came in the wake of cold war victory, or are they part of a long-term imperial episode?

How to interpret the American regime change from neoliberal globalization to military globalism? Does it follow from triumph in the cold war or also from the failure of the neoliberal project? Hyperpower status and economic reorientation may both hold true for different actors. Another obvious question is whether the policies of the Bush II administration are a blip or a trend; do they represent an extension of the “unipolar moment” that came in the wake of cold war victory, or are they part of a long-term imperial episode?

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