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Globalization: Critical Reflections

James H. Mittelman, editor
ISBN: 978-1-55587-752-1
1996/273 pages/LC: 96-1319
International Political Economy Yearbook, Vol. 9

"This is an extremely important collection for those who wish to reflect upon the nature and dynamics and, above all, the possibility of opposing and preventing a global philosophy atavistic in nature and destructive and divisive in action."—Jeffrey Harrod, European Journal of Development Research

"We must hope that the International Yearbook series continues to provide such a rich and varied forum as the first nine volumes have proved to be."—Christopher May, Political Geography

" One of the best books we currently have on [the subject]. Thought-provoking and recommended."—Roger Tooze, International Affairs

"This is a fine collection of essays...a rich and worthy treatment of a phenomenon that is often taken for granted as an inevitable process of economic integration on a world scale."—Phillip McMichael, Journal of World System Research


This book analyzes the empirical trends constituting the globalization process in the late twentieth century and explains its underlying causes and consequences.

The authors explore the globalization of production, challenges to the state system represented by the contradictory pressures of sub- and supranationalism, and linkages between regionalism and globalizing tendencies. They also consider the new social movements—among them, prodemocracy groups in Africa, peasant organizations in Latin America (including a case study of the Zapatistas in Mexico), and Islamic groups—attempting to assert popular control.

In light of the contradictions inherent in the contemporary phase of global restructuring, the chapters on future directions do not fail to consider the potential for the downfall of globalization.


James H. Mittelman is professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. He served as professor and dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and professor and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Queens College, City University of New York. Among his publications are Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania and Out from Underdevelopment: Prospects for the Third World.


  • The Dynamics of Globalization—J.H. Mittelman.
  • A Perspective on Globalization—R.W. Cox.
  • The Spatial Organization of Information Industries: Implications for the Role of the State—S. Sassen.
  • The Elusive Last Lap in the Quest for Developed-Country Status—G. Gereffi.
  • Rethinking the Role of the State—L. Panitch.
  • Global Restructuring and Labor: The Case of the South African Trade Union Movement—G. Adler.
  • New Social Movements: Democratic Struggles and Human Rights in Africa—F. Cheru.
  • The Reconstitution of Hegemony: The Free Trade Act and the Transformation of Rural Mexico—J. Nash and C. Kovic.
  • The Resurgence of Islam—M. K. Pasha and A.I. Samatar.
  • THE POTENTIAL AND LIMITS OF NEOLIBERAL GLOBALIZATION. Globalization, Democratization, and the Politics of Indifference—S. Gill.
  • How Does Globalization Really Work?—J.H. Mittelman.