Imperialism: Old and New Theories
International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, April 2008
25 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009
Date Written: April 2008
The old theories of imperialism attempted to explain the phenomenon of the militarization of the industrial nations and their conflict over colonies that led to World War I. It was the rise of monopoly capitalism, the emergence of finance capital and the control over the state that led inter-capitalist rivalry and finally to War. In the 1960s a new version of imperialism was related to the ideas of the dependency school, while there is a gap during the 1980s and the 1990s. Recently, new theories of imperialism emerged, that discuss globalization and militarization from a different perspective. They undermine inter-capitalist rivalry and focus on American hegemony and capitalist accumulation on a world scale. The work of three representative writers (Harvey, Amin and Panitch) is critically discussed here indicating the limits and some merits of their approach.
Keywords: Imperialism, Inter-capitalist Rivalry, Accumulation Crisis, Globalization, American Hegemony
JEL Classification: B14, B24, B51
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