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U.S. Politics and the Global Economy: Corporate Power, Conservative Shift

Ronald W. Cox and Daniel Skidmore-Hess
ISBN: 978-1-55587-771-2
1999/250 pages/LC: 98-29595

"A timely analysis of U.S. policy from the New Deal to the Clinton Administration.... a valuable contribution to the study of political ideology and the relationship between business interests and policy."—Natalie Cherot, Critical Sociology

"This is a thought provoking and original book that provides a new lens with which to view the globalization process."—Anitha Ramanna, Millennium: Journal of International Studies

"Thoughtful and comprehensive.... By drawing attention to the importance of the nation-state to the globalization process, both in the past and in the present, Cox and Skidmore-Hess help us to understand that the ‘global economy is not some inevitable by-product of unfathomable economic laws, but something that is being made, and can be unmade or remade, through human agency'"—Michael H. Carriere, International Affairs

"This valuable work of political economy thoughtfully analyses the intersection of domestic and international politics."—Douglas Jaenicke, Political Studies

"This insightful book about the political economy of the globalization process should interest specialists in international relations, US foreign policy, political economy, and international business."—Choice


This thoughtful, highly original book investigates the influence of globalization on ideology and politics in the United States.

Cox and Skidmore-Hess argue that U.S. policy increasingly has been motivated less by anxiety about the independence and stability of the domestic economy and more by worry about factors that might limit the participation of U.S. corporations in international markets. Connecting trends in domestic and foreign policy with the changing needs of industry, they associate increased globalization with the the breakup of the liberal, New Deal coalition; the collapse of the Bretton Woods Agreement in the 1970s; the neoconservative, antiregulatory movements of the 1980s; and the rightward drift of both the Republican and Democratic parties.


Ronald W. Cox is associate professor of political science at Florida International University. His publications include Power and Profits: U.S. Policy in Central America and Business and the State in International Politics. Daniel Skidmore-Hess is associate professor of political science at Armstrong Atlantic State University.


  • A Critical-Historical Perspective on Globalization.
  • The New Deal and Liberal Hegemony.
  • The Postwar Political Economy.
  • Business Conflict and Cold War Ideology.
  • Liberal Globalization in the 1960s.
  • The End of Bretton Woods.
  • The Reagan Revolution.
  • The 1990s and Beyond.