American Hegemony and the Trilateral Commission, first published in 1991, makes an original contribution to a subject of great interest to specialists and students of international relations and international political economy - the extent and nature of America as an international power and a hegemonic state up until the end of the 1980s. In examining the role of the USA in the post-war world order, Stephen Gill challenges arguments concerning the relative decline of American hegemony. He maintains that instead of equating hegemony with the dominance of one state over other states, one should redefine the question of hegemony in terms of the relationship between economic, military, cultural and political forces. Gill also develops a concept of transnational hegemony - the rise in the power of internationally mobile capital.
• A pioneering work in the study of global structural change • Author develops a novel theoretical concept of the power of internationally mobile capital • Theory is grounded in extensive empirical research
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Realist and liberal perspectives; 3. Marxist perspectives: the question of hegemony redefined; 4. The decline of American hegemony: myth and reality; 5. Towards an American-centred transnational hegemony?; 6. Private international relations councils; 7. Aims, activities, organisation and membership of the trilateral commission; 8. Theoretical and practical aspects of the trilateral commission; 9. Hegemony, knowledge and the limit of internationalism; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
Review of the hardback: '… a thoughtful as well as provocative study of the global political economy which effectively challenges the assumptions of mainstream realist and liberal international relations scholars. Even those who disagree with its conclusions will learn from it.' American Politics Review
Review of the hardback: 'This book is much more than a study of the Trilateral Commission or another contribution to the debate on hegemonic decline. It is a demonstration of how to write about a global political economy that is as much a relationship of classes and a process of ideological formation as it is an interstate system - an historical bloc in Gramsci's sense of the term. This is a pioneering work in the study of global structural change that goes well beyond conventional international relations theory.' Robert W. Cox, York University, Canada