Many commentators have said the cultural process of globalization is really just the Americanization of the globe. The world economic order has also moved toward America's chosen rules. However, since September 11th, the Bush administration has produced new foreign policy guidelines that have openly decided that the world must accept America as the only legitimate military power as well. Is this globalization, or is this just empire? In this smart, brief book, Pieterse systematically confronts many of the most important issues surrounding these questions, eventually coming down on the side of empire. However, he posits that this may be a short-term trend, and not the inevitable trajectory of American policy. It's not too late to dismantle the empire, before it buckles under its own weight.
"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, NewDelhi
"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