World Society Studies

Volume 2014: Structures of the World Political Economy and the Future Global Conflict and Cooperation

Christian Suter and Christopher Chase-Dunn (Eds.)

Published by Lit Verlag, Berlin/Münster/Wien/Zurich/London, 2014
ISBN ISBN 978-3-643-80184-5, 352 pages, €18.90

Triggered by the profound financial and economic crises, increasing ecological degradation, rising social struggles and political and military conflicts, the structures of the world political economy seem to be, in the early 21st century, in a process of epoch-making transformation. Employing a world-historical and comparative perspective, the 14 contributions brought together in this volume deal with three core issues of global structures and dynamics: Firstly, the degree of stability and change of global hierarchical structures and economic and social inequalities; secondly, the transformation of global and national political structures; and, thirdly, global ecological change and its impact on the structures of the world-economy, the world polity and the world society.


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Introduction: Stability and Change in the Structures of the World Political Economy
Christian Suter and Christopher Chase-Dunn

PART I Stability and Change in the Core-Perihpery Hierachy and in World Inequality

1 Investigating the Degree of Structure in the World-Economy Using Concepts from Entropy Theory
Salvatore J. Babones

2 Global Wages and World Inequality: The Impact of the Great Recession
Scott Albrecht and Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz

3 Income Inequality and Economic Globalization: A Longitudinal Study of 15 Muslim-Majority Countries (1963–2002)
Tamer ElGindi

4 The Effect of Neoliberalism on the Distribution of Wealth in the World Economy
Jenny Chesters

5 Sexism after Bifurcation? Th e Arrow of Women’s Time and Utopistics for a New World Order
Wilma A. Dunaway

6 The Battle for the Future Has Already Begun: The Reassertion of Race, Space and Place in World-Systems Geographies and Anti-Systemic Cartographies
Tom Reifer

PART II World Political Structures and Transformations

7 World War II: What Does It Tell Us about Future Great Power Wars?
Albert J. Bergesen

8 United States and China in the Twenty-First Century: The Costs of the War on Terror and the Shifting in Asymmetric Interdependence
Bruno Hendler and Antonio José Escobar Brussi

9 Antisystemic Movements in Periods of Hegemonic Decline: Syndicalism in World-Historical Perspective
Robert MacPherson

10 Globalization and Industrial Relations in Affluent Democracies, 1970–2005: A Cross-National Analysis of Corporatism and Industrial Conflict
Anthony Roberts

11 Global and Local: Elites and the Dynamics of Nominal Democratization in South Korea and Nigeria
Rakkoo Chung

12 Global Crisis, Global Police State
William I. Robinson

PART III World-Ecology and Global Transformation

13 The End of Cheap Nature Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about “The” Environment and Love the Crisis of Capitalism
Jason W. Moore

14 Preceding and Governing Measurements: An Emmanuelian Conceptualization of Ecological Unequal Exchange
Carl Nordlund

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