The closing years of the 20th century will be remembered as a time of tumultuous change. The various essays are attempts to understand the changes and ground them in the context of the logic of the contemporary world-system. The essays are divided into two main themes: structural transformations and regional ramifications of global transformations. East Asia, the Pacific Rim, European periphery, and the Middle East are all examined to determine if fundamental changes are occuring. Scholars and upper level and graduate students of economic history, developmental economics, regional economics, international economics, and political economy will find provocative contrasts and insights in this collection of essays, presented at the 18th annual Political Economy of the World-System Conference.
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About the Author
DAVID A. SMITH is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in urbanization, comparative-historical sociology, world-system analysis, East Asian political economy, and political sociology.
JOZSEF BOROCZ is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Hungarian Studies at Rutgers University. His special interests are international development, state socialism and its legacy, economic sociology, historical-comparative macrosociology, class and stratification, and labor and leisure migration.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Late Twentieth Century Challenges for World-System Analysis by József Böröcz and David A. Smith
Structural Transformations of the Late Twentieth Century
The Theory of Global Capitalism: State Theory and Variants of Capitalism on a World Scale by Robert J.S. Ross
The New Colonialism: Global Regulation and the Restructuring of the Interstate System by Phillip McMichael
Lessons from the Gulf Wars: Hegemonic Decline, Semi-Peripheral Turbulence, and the Role of the Rentier State by Cynthia Siemsen Maki and Walter L. Goldfrank
Global Restructing, TNCs and the 'European Periphery': What Has Changed? by Denis O'Hearn
Product Cycles and International Divisions of Labor: Contrasts between the United States and Japan by Richard Child Hill and Kuniko Fujita
Restructuring Space, Time, and Competitive Advantage in the World-Economy: Japan and Raw Materials Transport after World War II by Steven G. Bunker and Paul S. Ciccantell
Capital, Labor, and State in Thai Industrial Restructuring: The Impact of Global Economic Transformations Industry by Frederic Deyo
New Social Movements and Possibilities for Resistance
Globalization, India, and the Struggle for Justice by Timothy J. Scrase
Global Manufacturing, Liberalization and Indian Leather Workers by Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase
Globalization, Hegemony and Political Conflict: The Case of Zurich, Switzerland by Stefan Kipfer
Environmental Transformations: Accumulation, Ecological Crisis, and Social Movements
Left Internationalism and the Politics of Resistance in the New World Order by Andre Drainville