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Alternatives : the United States confronts the world /
Immanuel Wallerstein.
imprint
Boulder, Colo. : Paradigm Publishers, 2004.
description
viii, 173 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1594510679 (pbk.)
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imprint
Boulder, Colo. : Paradigm Publishers, 2004.
isbn
1594510679 (pbk.)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
5318988
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Immanuel Wallerstein is a senior research scholar at Yale University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
Wallerstein draws on his well-known study of long-term change to interpret current US foreign policy under the Bush administration. A preface and part 1, "Terrorism: The Bush Fiasco," set forth the basic theme that the world capitalist system is in crisis and the US is in decline for structural reasons, to which the Bush administration has been reacting in counterproductive ways. Part 2, "Bush Encounters the World: Commentaries, 2001-2004," elaborates the alleged Bush administration foreign policy shortcomings, including, especially, a unilateral military approach. All of the short political commentaries therein were published on the Web at the time in question, which adds immediacy but not depth, especially since each vignette is only a few pages long. Historical and structural comments are at the margin of the analysis, and the criticism that is made reflects standard mainstream criticism. Part 3, "The Possible and the Desirable," addresses potential solutions to slow the US decline, which again is standard fare. The book may be of some interest to professionals who wish to consider how historical and structural factors impact current US foreign policy. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers, professionals, and practitioners. M. A. Morris Clemson University
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Immanuel Wallerstein draws on a lifetime of study of long-term historical change to shed light in his newest book on the consequences of the recent, significant turn in US foreign and economic policies. Alternatives shows how the U.S. has been in decline since the 1970s and how these longer trends dovetail with current Bush administration policies, which Wallerstein describes as an attempt to reverse the decline in ways that are disastrous to the future of the country and the world.The book's middle section is a log of insightful commentaries written between 2001 and 2004 detailing how the Bush administration has broken the pattern of foreign policies set by six presidents, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton.Wallerstein suggests that a threshold has been crossed that will make it difficult for future presidents to practice the kind of "soft" multilateralism in foreign policy American presidents have used in the past. They will be less able to maintain effective alliances. Wallerstein also shows,,surprisingly, why globalization already is dead, especially in terms of the United States' ability to dominate economically in the manner that it has since WWII. He calls for a major revision of U.S. policies, and not an attempt merely to return to the pre-Bush foreign policy.Wallerstein's visionary book speaks to the challenges the U.S. must face if it is to play a meaningful and progressive role in the world-system.
Main Description
Immanuel Wallerstein draws on a lifetime of study of long-term historical change to shed light in his newest book on the consequences of the recent, significant turn in U.S. foreign and economic policies.*BR**BR*Alternatives shows how the U.S. has been in decline since the 1970s and how these longer trends dovetail with current Bush administration policies, which he describes as an attempt to reverse the decline in ways that are disastrous to the future of the country and the world.*BR**BR*The book's middle section is a log of insightful commentaries written between 2001 and 2004 detailing how the Bush administration has broken the pattern of foreign policies set by six presidents from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton.*BR**BR*Wallerstein suggests that a threshold has been crossed that will make it difficult for future presidents to practice the kind of 'soft' multilateralism in foreign policy they have used in the past and maintain effective alliances. He also shows, surprisingly, why 'globalization' already is dead, especially in terms of the United States' ability to dominate economically in the manner that it has since WWII. He calls for a major revision of U.S. policies, and not an attempt merely to return to the pre-Bush foreign policy.*BR**BR*In conclusion, Wallerstein's visionary book speaks to the challenges the U.S. must face if it is to play a meaningful and progressive role in the world-system.
Main Description
Immanuel Wallerstein draws on a lifetime of study of long-termhistorical change to shed light in his newest book on the consequences of the recent,significant turn in US foreign and economic policies. Alternatives shows how the U.S. has been in decline since the 1970sand how these longer trends dovetail with current Bush administration policies, whichWallerstein describes as an attempt to reverse the decline in ways that are disastrous tothe future of the country and the world. Wallerstein suggests thata threshold has been crossed that will make it difficult for future presidents to practicethe kind of 'soft' multilateralism in foreign policy American presidents have used in thepast. They will be less able to maintain effective alliances. Wallerstein also shows,surprisingly, why 'globalization' already is dead, especially in terms of the United States'ability to dominate economically in the manner that it has since WWII. He calls for a majorrevision of U.S. policies - and not an attempt merely to return to the pre-Bush foreignpolicy. Wallerstein's visionary book speaks to the challenges theU.S. must face if it is to play a meaningful and progressive role in theworld-system.
Main Description
Immanuel Wallerstein draws on a lifetime of study of long-term historical change to shed light in his newest book on the consequences of the recent, significant turn in US foreign and economic policies. Alternatives shows how the U.S. has been in decline since the 1970s and how these longer trends dovetail with current Bush administration policies, which Wallerstein describes as an attempt to reverse the decline in ways that are disastrous to the future of the country and the world. Wallerstein suggests that a threshold has been crossed that will make it difficult for future presidents to practice the kind of 'soft' multilateralism in foreign policy American presidents have used in the past. They will be less able to maintain effective alliances. Wallerstein also shows, surprisingly, why 'globalization' already is dead, especially in terms of the United States' ability to dominate economically in the manner that it has since WWII. He calls for a major revision of U.S. policies - and not an attempt merely to return to the pre-Bush foreign policy. Wallerstein's visionary book speaks to the challenges the U.S. must face if it is to play a meaningful and progressive role in the world-system.
Main Description
Immanuel Wallerstein draws on a lifetime of study of long-term historical change to shed light in his newest book on the consequences of the recent, significant turn in US foreign and economic policies. Alternativesshows how the U.S. has been in decline since the 1970s and how these longer trends dovetail with current Bush administration policies, which Wallerstein describes as an attempt to reverse the decline in ways that are disastrous to the future of the country and the world. Wallerstein suggests that a threshold has been crossed that will make it difficult for future presidents to practice the kind of 'soft' multilateralism in foreign policy American presidents have used in the past. They will be less able to maintain effective alliances. Wallerstein also shows, surprisingly, why 'globalization' already is dead, especially in terms of the United States' ability to dominate economically in the manner that it has since WWII. He calls for a major revision of U.S. policies - and not an attempt merely to return to the pre-Bush foreign policy. Wallerstein's visionary book speaks to the challenges the U.S. must face if it is to play a meaningful and progressive role in the world-system.
Table of Contents
To the Readerp. vii
Terrorism: The Bush Fiascop. 1
Bush Encounters the World: Commentaries, 2001-2004p. 17
The Possible and the Desirablep. 143
Indexp. 163
About the Authorp. 173
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