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Globalization and the 'New' Semi-Peripheries
Edited by Owen Worth and Phoebe Moore
 
 
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14 Aug 2009
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The semi-periphery, in the form of a state or a production zone within the middle tiers of world production was traditionally regarded as a mediator between the advanced and the 'underdeveloped' parts of the world and was often marked by instability and as a potential revolutionary agent. Work and production continue to divide the rich and the poor, but the actual methods and possibility for the anti-systemic change of globalizing capitalism is revisited in this book. Contributors to this volume speak to one another across chapters to ask what exactly the relevance of the semi-periphery will be. Will it be a transformative entity or not, in the context of the emergence of 'globalization' and specific 'world orders' as forms of explanations within World Politics? This collection re-examines and re-assesses the role of the semi-periphery in world politics and argues that the processes of globalization have led us to widen our understanding of the semi-periphery, through a range of case studies as well as theoretical chapters.


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The semi-periphery, in the form of a state or a production zone within the middle tiers of world production was traditionally regarded as a mediator between the advanced and the 'underdeveloped' parts of the world and was often marked by instability and as a potential revolutionary agent. Work and production continue to divide the rich and the poor, but the actual methods and possibility for the anti-systemic change of globalizing capitalism is revisited in this book. Contributors to this volume speak to one another across chapters to ask what exactly the relevance of the semi-periphery will be. Will it be a transformative entity or not, in the context of the emergence of 'globalization' and specific 'world orders' as forms of explanations within World Politics? This collection re-examines and re-assesses the role of the semi-periphery in world politics and argues that the processes of globalization have led us to widen our understanding of the semi-periphery, through a range of case studies as well as theoretical chapters.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; P.Moore& O.Worth
PART I: THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS: GLOBALIZATION AND THE SEMI-PERIPHERY
Whatever Happened to the Semi-Periphery?; O.Worth
Halfway to Paradise? Making Sense of the Semi-Periphery; H.Radice
Globalisation, Accumulation by Dispossession and the Rise of the Semi-Periphery: Towards Global Post-Fordism and Crisis?; G.Strange
PART II: GLOBALIZATION AND CHANGE IN THE SEMI-PERIPHERY
The South American Semi-Periphery: Brazil and Argentina; E.Vivares
Economic Development in the East Asian (semi) Periphery; J.P.Abbott
China and India: The New Powerhouses of the Semi-Periphery; G.Downes
'Upper Volta with Gas'? Russia as a Semi-Peripheral State; R.Simon
Turkey in the World System and the New Orientation; P.Moore& C.Dannreuther
PART III: NEW SEMI-PERIPHERAL DEVELOPMENTS AND POSSIBLE FUTURE
CEE as a new Semi-Periphery: Transnational Social Forces and Poland's Transition; S.Shields
A Semi-Periphery to Global Capital: Global Governance and lines of flight for Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres; W.Vlcek
Towards a Democratic and Collectively Rational Global Commonwealth: Semi-Peripheral Transformation in a Post-Peak World- System; K.Lawrence
Semi-Peripheral Development and Global Democracy; C.Chase-Dunn & T.Boswell
Bibliography
Index


Authors

PHOEBE MOORE is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Salford, UK. She has published work on Gramsci's concept of passive revolution, labour struggle, and work in peer-to-peer production. Her interdisciplinary approach allows her to now read labour process theory and to write about the sociology of work in the international as well as virtual worlds.
 
OWEN WORTH is a lecturer of International Relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of Hegemony, International Political Economy and Post-Communist Russia (2005) and co-editor (with Jason P. Abbott) of Critical Perspectives on International Political Economy (2002).