Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

The Management of Contemporary Society

Samir Amin
With a Foreword by John Bellamy Foster


A key work on the nature of contemporary capitalism by one of the most influential living writers on the Left.
Samir Amin remains one of the world's most influential thinkers about the changing nature of North-South relations in the development of contemporary capitalism. In this highly prescient book, originally published in 1997, he provides a powerful analysis of the new unilateral capitalist era following the collapse of the Soviet model, and the apparent triumph of the market and globalization.

Amin's innovative analysis charts the rise of ethnicity and fundamentalism as consequences of the failure of ruling classes in the South to counter the exploitative terms of globalization. This has had profound implications and continues to resonate today. Furthermore, his deconstruction of the Bretton Woods institutions as managerial mechanisms which protect the profitability of capital provides an important insight into the continued difficulties in reforming them. Amin's rejection of the apparent inevitability of globalization in its present polarising form is particularly prophetic - instead he asserts the need for each society to negotiate the terms of its inter-dependence with the rest of the global economy.

A landmark work by a key contemporary thinker.

Author Bio

Samir Amin is a renowned radical economist, the director of the Forum du Tiers Monde (Third World Forum) in Dakar, Senegal, and chair of the World Forum for Alternatives.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by John Bellamy Foster
  • Preface to the critique influence change edition
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Future of Global Polarization
  • 2. The Capitalist Economic Management of the Crisis of Contemporary Society
  • 3. Reforming International Monetary Management of the Crisis
  • 4. The Rise of Ethnicity: A Political Response to Economic Globalization
  • 5. What are the Conditions for Relaunching Development in the South?
  • 6. The Challenges Posed by Economic Globalization: The European Case
  • 7. Ideology and Social Thought: The Intelligentsia and the Development Crisis


‘Due to its interdisciplinary nature and content, the book is likely to appeal to a large number of readers with diverse interests.’
Political Studies Review

'The analyses of Samir Amin, based on wide-ranging historical knowledge combined with intelligent use of theory, give us the solid anchors we need to understand current realities. They are often provocative and always prudent, which is why they are mandatory reading.'
 Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

'Samir Amin's writings are informed by depth of political economy and breadth of history. Grounded in the analytical tools of historical materialism and guided by the political perspective of the working people, he is unwavering in his commitment to a better and more humane social order. In Capitalism in the Age of Globalization, Amin shows that there is indeed an alternative to the plunder and pillage of the last five centuries of capitalism and war mongering imperialism. A must read for anyone who is interested in a better world.'
Issa Shivji, University of Dar es Salaam

'This world-class economist is a serious Nobel Prize contender' - Economic Development and Social Change 'Amin's global intellectual reach enables him to deal with a wide variety of issues with magnificent ease and simplicity' International Journal of Middle East Studies 'An easily accessible sampling of this pioneering analyst's reflections about the dynamics of late twentieth century capitalism and its implication for poor countries and poor people'
Solon Barraclough, UNRISD


Publication Date: 13 February 2014
192 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781780325613
eBook ePub 2nd Edition: 9781780329857
eBook PDF 2nd Edition: 9781780329840
eBook Kindle 2nd Edition: 9781780329864
Library Edition: 9781856494670

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781856494687

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