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The New Imperialism:
Crisis and Contradictions in North/South Relations

by Robert Biel, Development Planning Unit, University College London.
Review by Samir Amin.
Zed Books Publisher of The New Imperialism.

This major intellectual exploration seeks to deepen our understanding of the way in which modern capitalism works. The author argues, in particular, that it has always rested in part on the unremunerated labour of women, the non-sustainable extraction of natural resources and the racist exploitation of the non-European periphery.

Robert Biel explains and illuminates how it has integrated the South into a Western-dominated system of exploitation and prevented it from making the promised transition from marginality on the periphery to prosperity at the centre. And the racist implications of this.

He also explores two fundamental questions. Are there really any indications that the global economy is slowly entering a long-term structural crisis? And would any significant disruption open up opportunities for new popular movements to fundamentally challenge it?

Robert Bielís work constitutes a major revitalisation of the tools of Marxism and Dependency Theory. In addition to scholars of political economy and development, it will interest activists seeking to reconstitute left politics in the age of globalisation.

'The importance of this book is its focus on the essential nature of capitalism as it really operates as a global system - namely that it does not permit the 'backward regions' to catch up with the more advanced but, on the contrary, produces and reproduces a widening gap between them. This reality is simply ignored by conventional economists who, as a result, are not analysing actually existing capitalism, but an imaginary system of markets governed by socalled pure economic laws.' - Samir Amin

Table of Contents

  1. Capitalist Development in Historical Context
  2. Imperialism and the Issue of Large-Scale Changes in Capitalism
  3. The Post-World War Two Era
  4. Development: Theory versus Practice
  5. The Socialist Challenge to Development
  6. The Third World Challenge
  7. Realities Overlooked - Womenís Labour and Nature
  8. New Technologies and New Management Systems to the Rescue?
  9. The Role of the Capitalist Centre in the Current Phase of the International Political Economy
  10. From Periphery to Centre? The Newly Industrialising Country (NIC) Strategy
  11. Permanent Subordination? Structural Adjustment as Control
  12. Political Implications of a New Economic Order
  13. Globalization versus Regionalism
  14. Future Challenge: Grassroots Movements and the Prospects for a New Social Order
Notes Bibliography Index

Royal 368pp
1 85649 746 1 £ 45.00 $ 69.50
1 85649 747 X £ 16.95 $ 27.50