© 2009

American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance

  • Leo Panitch
  • Martijn Konings

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Demystifying Imperial Finance

    1. Leo Panitch, Martijn Konings
      Pages 1-13
  3. Contours and Sources of Imperial Finance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin
      Pages 17-47
  4. Constructing the Pillars of Imperial Finance

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Martijn Konings, Leo Panitch
      Pages 225-252
    3. Leo Panitch, Martijn Konings, Sam Gindin, Scott Aquanno
      Pages 253-292
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-334

About this book


In a lively critique of how international and comparative political economy misjudge the relationship between global markets and states, this book demonstrates the central place of the American state in today's world of globalized finance. The contributors set aside traditional emphases on military intervention, looking instead to economics.


Europe Germany hegemony internationalization political economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Leo Panitch
    • 1
  • Martijn Konings
    • 2
  1. 1.York UniversityCanada
  2. 2.University of SydneyAustralia

About the editors

LEO PANITCH is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada, and the co-editor of the Socialist Register.

MARTIJN KONINGS is currently a researcher at York University, Toronto, Canada.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


'Panitch and Konings do a marvellous job in bringing together a set of innovative and rigorous chapters that throw critical light on the obscure and complex nature of the American Empire and its role in shaping the landscape of contemporary capitalism. This book is essential reading in understanding how the world works.' - Susanne Soederberg, Canada Research Chair, Global Development Studies, Queen's University, Canada

'This work, written by some of the world's finest scholars on the topic, breaks new ground by demonstrating how finance is anchored in the social structure of the United States in profound and often unique ways. This takes the book far beyond routine assessments of how a dominant political and economic power translates its superiority into financial clout; compared to Europe, let alone the rest of the world, American capitalism also connects a wide variety of interests directly into the financial system. If Gramsci once said that in the United States hegemony grows directly in the factory, this collection demonstrates that it is also directly translated into hegemony in the global financial system. Are we now witness to its demise? At a time of profound financial disturbance, no student of global political economy can afford to ignore this eminent collection.' - Kees van der Pijl, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex, UK, and author of Global Rivalries from the Cold War to Iraq