The New Shape of Global Power

John Agnew
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296 pages
6 x 9
10 tables, 4 figs., 9 halftones, 3 maps

How American hegemony came about, its effects on the world, and how it now haunts its creators

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Hegemony tells the story of the drive to create consumer capitalism abroad through political pressure and the promise of goods for mass consumption. In contrast to the recent literature on America as empire, it explains that the primary goal of the foreign and economic policies of the United States is a world which increasingly reflects the American way of doing business, not the formation or management of an empire. Contextualizing both the Iraq war and recent plant closings in the U.S., noted author John Agnew shows how American hegemony has created a world in which power is no longer only shaped territorially. He argues in a sobering conclusion that we are consequently entering a new era of global power, one in which the world the US has made no longer works to its singular advantage.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Hegemony versus Empire
3. American Hegemony and the New Geography of Power
4. Placing American Hegemony
5. U.S. Constitutionalism or Marketplace Society?
6. Globalizing American Hegemony
7. The New Global Economy
8. Globalization Comes Home
9. Conclusion

About the Author(s)

John Agnew is one of the preeminent political and economic geographers working today, and Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author or co-author of Place and Politics, The United States in the World Economy, The Geography of the World Economy, Geopolitics, and Place and Politics in Modern Italy, among other titles, as well as the co-editor of American Space/American Place.