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Socialist Register 2005: The Empire Reloaded


Since 1964, the Socialist Register has brought together leading writers on the left to investigate aspects of a common theme. This volume examines the new U.S.-led imperialist project that is currently transforming the global order, its impact on different regions of the world, and on gender, media, and popular culture.

How does the new American empire work? Who runs it? How stable is it?

What is the new American Empire’s impact throughout the world?

What is its influence on gender relations? On the media? On popular culture?

I know the Register very well and have found it extremely stimulating, often invaluable.

—Noam Chomsky

The Socialist Register has been the intellectual lodestar for the international left since 1965.

—Mike Davis


  • Stephen Gill, The Contradictions of American Supremacy
  • Varda Burstyn, The New Imperial Order Foretold
  • Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin, Finance and American Empire
  • Chris Rude, The Role of Financial Discipline in Imperial Strategy
  • Scott Forsyth, Hollywood Reloaded: The Film as Imperial Commodity
  • Harriet Friedman, Feeding the Empire: Agriculture, Livelihood and the Crisis of the Global Food Regime
  • Vivek Chibber, Reviving the Developmental State? The Myth of the ‘National Bourgeoisie’
  • Gerard Greenfield, Bandung redux: Imperialism and Anti-Globalization Nationalisms in Southeast Asia
  • Yuezhi Zhao, China and Global Capitalism: the Cultural Dimension
  • Patrick Bond, US Empire and South African Subimperialism
  • Doug Stokes, US Counterinsurgency in Colombia
  • Paul Cammack, ‘Signs of the Times’: Capitalism, Competitiveness, and the New Faces of Empire in Latin America
  • Boris Kagarlitsky, The Russian State in the Age of American Empire
  • John Grahl, The European Union and American Power
  • Dorothee Bohle, The EU and Eastern Europe: Failing the Test as a Better World Power
  • Frank Deppe, Habermas’ Manifesto for a European Renaissance: A Critique
  • Tony Benn & Colin Leys, Bush and Blair: Iraq and the American Viceroy

Leo Panitch is professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Colin Leys was for many years professor of political science at Queen’s University in Canada.

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Publication Date: November 2004

Number of Pages: 308

Paperback ISBN: 9781583671184