Post-imperial and quasi-imperial: state and empire in the global era

Shaw, Martin (2002) Post-imperial and quasi-imperial: state and empire in the global era. Millennium, 31 (2). pp. 327-336. ISSN 0305-8298

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Tarak Barkawi and Mark Laffey highlight an emerging consensus that‘empire’ is a neglected category of International Relations (IR), indeed of the social sciences. However, while the two authors are largely correct in
their critique of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire, this paper identifies limitations in their own argument. It develops a broader conception of the relevance of empire to contemporary IR than that of continuities in American power. It examines the scope of the concept and the transformations and reconstitutions of imperial forms in recent modern
history. The paper argues that we must take seriously the post-imperial character of contemporary American and Western power, and recognise a much wider range of contemporary quasi-imperial forms. Its central argument is that imperial power relations are a common feature of many non-Western states, considered ‘Westphalian’ nation-states or ‘postcolonial’ states in previous IR classifications of contemporary statehood.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Martin Shaw
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:25
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 16:23
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