Imperialism, Globalization, and Resistance

Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, Volume 9, 2016

33 Pages Posted: 17 May 2016  

Nicholas Vrousalis

Leiden University - Institute of Political Science

Date Written: May 15, 2016


Imperialism is the domination of one state by another. This paper sketches a nonrepublican account of domination that buttresses this definition of imperialism. It then defends the following claims. First, there is a useful and defensible distinction between colonial and liberal imperialism, which maps on to a distinction between what I will call coercive and liberal domination. Second, the main institutions of contemporary globalization, such as the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, etc., are largely the instruments of liberal imperialism; they are a reincarnation of what Karl Kautsky once called ‘ultraimperialism’. Third, resistance to imperialism can no longer be founded on a fundamental right to national self-determination. Such a right is conditional upon and derivative of a more general right to resist domination.

Keywords: Imperialism, Domination, Egalitarianism, Marxism

JEL Classification: D63, F13, F23, F50, F60

Suggested Citation

Vrousalis, Nicholas, Imperialism, Globalization, and Resistance (May 15, 2016). Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, Volume 9, 2016. Available at SSRN:

Nicholas Vrousalis (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Institute of Political Science ( email )

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
PO Box 9555
Leiden, 2300 RB

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