The Socialist Register Series

The Socialist Register 2005

The Empire Reloaded

edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

In the Socialist Register 2005, the contributors examine, through a multitude of lenses, how the American Empire works. They take a comprehensive look at who holds the balance of power and how this affects stability. What is most interesting is the way these essays look at the impact that the new American Empire has had and is having throughout the world. The topics discussed include how the shift in global political relations has influenced gender relations, the media and popular culture.

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  • January 2005
  • ISBN: 9781552661369
  • 308 pages
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About the book

This, the 41st annual Socialist Register, is a companion volume to the hugely successful 2004 volume on The New Imperial Challenge. Originally planned as a single volume that soon proved to be too large, they now form a complementary pair. The New Imperial Challenge dealt with the overall nature of the new imperial order–how to understand and explain it, what its strengths and weaknesses are. The Empire Reloaded rounds this out with an analysis of finance, culture and the way the new imperialism is penetrating major regions of the world–Asia Minor, Southeast Asia, India, China, Africa, Latin America, Russia, Europe.

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Colin Leys

Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

Leo Panitch

Leo Panitch was a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He was a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He was also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He was an ardent supporter of the Socialist Project.


  • The New Imperial Order Foretold-available below (Varda Burstyn)
  • The Contradictions of US Supremacy (Stephen Gill)
  • Finance and American Empire-avaliable below (Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin)
  • The Role of Financial Discipline in Imperial Strategy (Christopher Rude)
  • Hollywood Reloaded: The Film as Imperial Commodity (Scott Forsyth)
  • Feeding the Empire: The Pathologies of Globalized Agriculture (Harriet Friedmann)
  • Reviving the Developmental State? The Myth of the ‘National Bourgeoisie’ (Vivek Chibber)
  • Bandung redux: Anti-Globalization Nationalisms in Southeast Asia (Gerard Greenfield)
  • The Media Matrix: China’s Integration into Global Capitalism (Yuezhi Zhao)
  • US Empire and South African Subimperialism (Patrick Bond)
  • Terror, Capital and Crude: US Counterinsurgency in Colombia (Doug Stokes)
  • ‘Signs of the Times’: Capitalism, Competitiveness, and the New Face of Empire in Latin America (Paul Cammack)
  • The Russian State in the Age of American Empire (Boris Kagarlitsky)
  • The European Union and American Power (John Grahl)
  • The EU and Eastern Europe: Failing the Test as a Better World Power (Dorothee Bohle)
  • Habermas’ Manifesto for a European Renaissance: A Critique (Frank Deppe)
  • Bush and Blair: Iraq and the UK’s American Viceroy (Tony Benn & Colin Leys)


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