The previous three chapters provided detailed discussion of the reality of contemporary imperialism, focusing on continued cooperation between advanced capitalist states in the post-Cold War world (Chapter 6), the political economy of neo-liberal imperialism (Chapter 7), and the geo-politics of neo-liberalism and humanitarian imperialism (Chapter 8). This final substantive chapter addresses the question of the future of imperialism, with particular reference to the question of US hegemony. It does so by focusing on the rise of China and, to a lesser extent, the European Union, and the potential for heightened economic and/or geo-political competition, or even the rise of new hegemonic challengers to US imperialism. The first section sets out the debate in general terms, and this is followed by a second section that examines the argument with specific attention paid to the world economic crisis that started in 2007–8.
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