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Previous chapters have focused on debates about the timeless characteristics of political power and the various elements that make it up. This final part, in contrast, considers whether some fundamental characteristics of power were already changing significantly by the end of the twentieth century – in particular, with regard to the highly complex and contested phenomena associated with globalization. Indeed, these four chapters focus on four quite different interpretations of globalization – the four ‘globalizations’ implied in the title of Part III. Nevertheless, these contrasting interpretations intersect and overlap (even where they disagree) in a range of key ways: first, in their understanding of liberalism and neoliberalism as both ‘truth’ and discourse; second, in their evaluations of the crucial role of the United States ...

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