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Contesting the Global Order
The Radical Political Economy of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein
Contesting the Global Order
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Gregory P. Williams - Author
SUNY series in New Political Science
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 268 pages
Release Date: September 2020
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7965-1

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Paperback - 268 pages
Release Date: July 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7966-8

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Examines how events in the Cold War and post–Cold War periods shaped the intellectual projects of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein.

Contesting the Global Order explores what it means to be a radical intellectual as political hopes fade. Gregory P. Williams chronicles the evolution of intellectual visionaries Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein, who despite altered circumstances for radical change, continued to advance creative interpretations of the social world. Wallerstein and Anderson, whose hopes were invested in a more egalitarian future, believed their writings would contribute to socialism, which they anticipated would be a postcapitalist future of relative social, economic, and political equality. However, by the 1980s dreams of socialism had faded and they had to face the reality that socialism was neither close nor inevitable. Their sensitivity to current events, Williams argues, takes on new significance in this century, when many scholars are grappling with the issue of change in a world of declining state power.

"This is a thoroughly impressive first book by a young scholar … Highly recommended." — CHOICE

"Williams's book offers a sustained analysis of two of the most significant contributors to twentieth-century radical political economy. In addition to learning about the specific features of their thought and getting a feel for the arc of their lives' work, one also encounters useful debates among radical anticapitalist thinkers over central political concepts." — Jane Anna Gordon, author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement

Gregory P. Williams is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Radical Political Economy for an Age of Uncertainty

1. Cosmopolitan Beginnings

2. Ideational Lineages

3. The Year that Changed Everything

4. Ideas Need Institutions

Intermission I: Immanuel Wallerstein’s New Pair of Glasses

5. There Is No Alternative

6. Shed a Tear for East European Communism?

Intermission II: Perry Anderson’s Clear-Headed Radicalism

7. Do Not Believe What Great Powers Say

Conclusion: The Point Is to Interpret, and Then Change, the World


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