The Socialist Register Series

The Socialist Register 2008

Global Flashpoints Reactions to Imperialism

edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

Socialist Register 2008 takes a look at the forces at work in opposition to the American Empire and analyzes their nature–are they reactionary or progressive? Further, what are the prospects for the Left, in the Islamic world, in Latin America and in the capitalist north? The contributors seek to identify the distinguishing features of neoliberalism today and point out its emerging contradictions.

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  • January 2008
  • ISBN: 9781552662540
  • 296 pages
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About the book

Our aim in this volume is to offer careful and sober analyses of the political forces that have produced today’s ‘flashpoints’ of reaction to imperialism and neoliberalism, focusing particularly, but not exclusively, on the Middle East and Latin America. Of these two major regions where such ‘flashpoints’ are concentrated, one is at the forefront of the contradictions of empire, the other of the contradictions of neoliberalism, although the contradictions of imperial power and of neoliberal globalization–and the reactions to them–are, of course, linked in both cases. Our goal has been to offer probing examinations of not only the potential but also the limitations of the politics that underlie these reactions.

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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.


  • Modern Islam in Historical Perspective: The Fall of Three Empires (Aijaz Ahmad)
  • Religion and Politics Today from a Marxian Perspective (Gilbert Achcar)
  • Does Islamism Challenge Imperial Neoliberalism? The Case of Iran (Asef Bayat)
  • Understanding Iraq (Sabbah Alnaseri)
  • The Transformation of the Palestinian Resistance (Bashir Abu-Manneh)
  • Islamic Capitalism and Welfarism in Turkey (Yildiz Atasoy)
  • Kalya’s Kalashnikov: Islamic Radicalism in East Asia (Hidayat Greenfield)
  • New Forms of Resistance in Latin America (Ana Esther Cecena)
  • Venezuelan Revolution: Participatory Democracy under Chavez (Margarita Lopez Maya)
  • The Resurgence of the Latin American Left: Real or Imagined?(Jack Hammond)
  • Transformative Possibilities in Latin America (William Robinson)
  • All We Want Is the Earth: Bolivia’s “Agrarian Revolution” (Wes Enzinna)
  • The Landless Movement and Brazilian Politics Today (Joao Pedro Stedile & Atilio Boron)
  • The Oaxaca Uprising: Implications for Mexico (Richard Roman & Edur Velasco Arregui)
  • Fifty Years Later: The Hungarian Revolt of 2006 (G.M. Tamas)
  • Resistance to Neoliberalism in France (Raghu Krishnan & Adrien Thomas)
  • The Blair Decade: New Labour and Beyond (Peter Burnham)
  • Understanding Neoliberalism Better—The Better to Resist It (Alfredo Saad Filho & Greg Albo)


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