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Rethinking Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

In this chapter we criticize contemporary theorizing about imperialism for its economic reductionism and lack of class analysis and institutional specificity regarding the imperial state. With this critique we establish the importance and centrality of class analysis for grasping the changing dynamics of imperial power, before proceeding to argue how a specific reconfiguration of class forces is leading to a realignment of economic power in the world capitalist system, constituting a major challenge for US imperialism in its worldwide and Latin American operations. In the final section of the chapter we point to the discontinuities and continuities in US imperial relations with Latin America, and the potentialities and constraints of these relations on economic growth and development.