Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781848130234 Published August 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $86.95 ISBN: 9781848130227 Published August 2008 For sale in North and South America only

Is There Hope for Uncle Sam?

Beyond the American Bubble

Jan Nederveen

Is There Hope for Uncle Sam?

Jan Nederveen

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2008  
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781848130234 Published August 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $86.95 ISBN: 9781848130227 Published August 2008 For sale in North and South America only
For over a century now, America has dominated global politics and the global imagination. Yet as the dollar declines, inequality increases, rates of consumption are unprecedented and American unilateralism comes under fire, such hegemony is increasingly unsustainable. In this provocative new book, leading sociologist Jan Nederveen Pieterse asks whether it’s possible for America to chart a different course. 

Nederveen Pieterse argues that correcting the course of decline would mean taking drastic steps. Only a reinvention of New Deal politics could address social inequality, whilst repositioning itself in world politics would mean adopting genuine multilateralism. In the current ‘American bubble’ however, political and corporate unaccountability are so entrenched, and the constants of policy – support for Wall Street, the Pentagon and Israel – are so widely accepted by powerful elites that change is unlikely to come from within. 

Is there Hope for Uncle Sam? is a clear and provocative look at one of the big questions facing us in this century. 
Contents
Introduction: Is there hope for Uncle Sam?
1. The trouble with hegemony
2. Beyond the American bubble
3. Political and economic brinkmanship
4. Does empire matter?
5. Can the United States correct itself?
6. Emerging powers
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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