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This book attempts to develop a Global Political Economy (GPE) framework for analysing concrete international development and power constellations. Its aim in developing this framework is to be able to assess the continued relevance of the relations of competition and conflict within the modern state system both despite and because of protean globalisation processes. The approach taken in the book has attempted to integrate into its analysis the 'horizontal' dimension of capitalist geopolitics, namely the competitive relations between individual states. What results from the diverse articulations of cooperative and competitive relations between state power strategies is not a smooth international space, but rather one that is both structured by many actors in conflict with each other and superimposed by inter-societal relations. The United States is the only state that is trying at the moment to carry out an imperial - meaning an international hegemonic - project.

Keywords: capitalist geopolitics; global hegemony; Global Political Economy (GPE) framework; imperialism; international competitive relation; modern state system; US Empire



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