By Marcel Nelson

ISBN-10: 1137412755

ISBN-13: 9781137412751

ISBN-10: 1349489697

ISBN-13: 9781349489695

Delivering a serious account of the cave in of the FTAA negotiations and changes to energy family members within the Americas, this e-book argues that the cave in used to be rooted in a "crisis of authority" triggered by way of turning out to be competition within the Americas to US management and the neo-liberal reforms that have been promoted through Washington because the Nineteen Eighties.

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Sectoral interests successfully mobilized within the US Congress against further trade liberalization, and found advocates among both parties within Congress. These factors disadvantaged the United States throughout the negotiations, and were due to opposition to further trade liberalization within the US Congress, which has jurisdiction over foreign trade. This hampered the efforts of other institutions within the American state that were much more willing to push through the FTAA, such as the Treasury in the early stages of the negotiations, and the White House through the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

As such, the concept of a singular, global civil society, to match the growing transnationalization of production as well as the growing internationalization of the state, obscures more than it clarifies in terms of the dialectical relationship between political and civil society. In what follows, Cox’s central concepts will be reviewed in order to get a clearer picture of this analytical problem. Hegemony and World Order Cox’s theoretical innovation vis-à-vis Gramsci was his emphasis on the role of international organizations in spreading hegemony.

To complement the review of concepts such as hegemony, organic crisis, civil and political society, and crisis of authority, it examines the temporal and spatial aspects of those concepts. Notably, it emphasizes the importance of contingency in Gramsci’s theoretical framework. This is done by examining Gramsci’s notion of the “non-contemporaneity of the present,” which helps to explain why “presents” need to be understood as an ensemble of disjunctive dynamics that hegemonic projects attempt to unify into a whole.

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