Auf dem Weg zur finalen Krise des Kapitalismus?
Weltsystemtheoretische Beiträge zur neuen Debatte um Imperialismus
Schlagworte:Imperialismus, Weltsystem, Krise, USA, Hegemonie
Once again, imperialism is the subject of critical debate. Amongst the contributions to this debate, we find approaches as different as Empire (Hardt/Negri), informal imperialism (Panitch/Gindin) or works from a worldsystem perspective (Arrighi, Chase-Dunn and Wallerstein). The article intends to explore impulses offered by the world-system approach to the current debate on imperialism and deliver a critical assessment of new works in the field of world-system theory. It is argued that major problems of the new works of world-system theory consist in insufficient foundations of their basic theoretical assumptions (economic and hegemonic cycles) and often in a fixation on the approaching final crisis of capitalism.