This critical analysis of long-term trends and recent developments in world systems examines such questions as: Will the cycles of boom and bust, peace and war of the past 500 years continue? Or have either long-term trends or recent changes so profoundly altered the structure of world systems that these cycles will end or take on a less destructive form? The noted international contributors to this volume examine the question of future dominance of the core global systems and include comprehensive discussions of the economic, political and military role of the Pacific Rim, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

Technological Change, Globalization and Hegemonic Rivalry

Technological change, globalization and hegemonic rivalry
VolkerBornschier and ChristopherChase-Dunn

In this final chapter we reflect on whether and how contemporary technological change and processes of globalization are affecting states, markets and the process of hegemonic rivalry. This is a postscript which is meant to address some questions that have only been mentioned in the other chapters of this book. We are not presenting the results of research, but rather our further thoughts on these important topics. Many observers have contended that the nation-state is in decline because of recent processes of economic globalization and/or changes in communications technology. These claims raise important questions about continuities and changes in the future processes of hegemonic order and rivalry.

Contemporary core states are the outcome ...

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