Legacy of Empire; Economic Decline and Clas Polarization in the United States: Economic Decline and Class Polarization in the United States available in Hardcover
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In this potentially controversial book, Berch Berberoglu argues that the internationalization of U.S. capital via worldwide expansion of U.S. transnational monopolies has led to the decline of the U.S. domestic economybringing about class polarization between labor and capital. The process of decline and polarization was accelerated during the 1980s under the Reagan administration, when a major transfer of wealth from the working class to the wealthy owners of the transnational corporations ushered in a period of irreversible decline and decay. This incisive volume untangles the complex web of social-economic connections that are, at their base, the manifestations of relations of production, distribution, and exchange.
Following a theoretical chapter which outlines the liberal, world system, and class analysis approachesthe three major positions on the rise and fall of global empiresBerberoglu provides an empirical account of the position of the United States in the world political economy in the postwar period. While the bulk of the middle chapters examines this decline and its consequences for the working people of the United States, subsequent chapters address the response of the state and of the labor movement to the social and economic crisis. This highly informative book contains the latest data presented in tables and charts that draw out the most critical elements in the economic and social trends evolving in the United States, and stands alone in its provocative treatment of the current crisis of U.S. capitalism.
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About the Author
BERCH BERBEROGLU is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of several books, including The Internationalization of Capital: Imperialism and Capitalist Development on a World Scale (Praeger, 1987), Political Sociology: A Comparative/Historical Approach, and The Political Economy of Development: Development Theory and the Prospects for Change in the Third World. His forthcoming book, The Labor Process and Control of Labor in Capitalist Society promises to make an important contribution to sociology and labor studies. He is currently working on a new book, The European and Japanese Challenge: Global Rivalry and the Rise of the Old Powers in the Late 20th Century.