The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Conflict in a Transnational World
by Jerry Harris
Combining bold theortical analysis and careful empirical investigation Harris provides
a critical framework to understand the political and economic underpinnings of globalization. In
an unique historical approach the book examines how the revolution in information technologies and
the break-up of the Soviet Union intertwined to present new global opportunities to reorganize
capitalism as a unified world system headed by an emerging transnational capitalist class.
The book challenges the common view that nation states still define international relations,
with the United States as hegemonic leader of the world system. Instead Harris offers a more
complex analysis of world affairs that sees the current period as one of transition between nationally
based industrial capitalism and a global system based on revolutionary methods of production and new
class relationships. He argues this conflict appears in every country as national economies realigned to
fit new patterns of world accumulation creating a host of political tensions within and between nations.
This analysis is detailed in a distinctive interpretation of the US military/industrial complex,
as well as the contemporary class struggles in Germany and the emerging powers of China, India and Brazil.
The book concludes by investigating alternative trends which are currently challenging the inequalities of
global capitalism, unfolding a fresh approach to the relationship between the state, market and civil society.
William I. Robinson
Author of A Theory of Global Capitalism, Production, Class and State in a Transnational World
"The Dialectics of Globalization is a timely and welcome contribution to our understanding of the nature and direction of change in
world capitalism in the age of the microchip. Focusing on the cybernetic revolution and the sweeping changes
it has brought about, Harris addresses such topics as the transformation of work, the conflict between
new and old centers of capital, the rise of a transnational capitalist, the military-industrial complex,
and terrorism. He identifies new theories, practices and strategies needed in this age of cyber-capitalism
to achieve a renovation of participatory democracy and sustainable economics. These essays should
be widely read and studied."
Author of When Memory Dies
"The Dialectics of Globalization is a fresh approach to the question of globalization and
the technological transformations that underpin it. Whereas the Left has usually ignored the
computer revolution, or been dazzled by it, Harris systematically identifies the contradictions and crises
below the surface of the shiny world of IT and traces its impact on ordinary people's lives.
The last section on the state, markets and civil society is an incisive, clear and brilliant piece of writing."
Author of The Transnational Capitalist Class
"On the solid materialist foundations of his experience as an apprentice machinist with US Steel in Chicago,
Jerry Harris has produced a valuable re-interpretation of the political economy of globalization,
focusing on the complex inter-relations of capital, labor and technology. His subtle critical
analysis of "US Hegemony or US Globalization?", complemented with detailed case studies of class
struggle and globalization in Germany and the Third World, fruitfully locate the often confused
rhetoric of nationalism and globalization within a more productive class perspective."
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