The history of the 20th century was dominated by the state - nationalism, national economies, national wars. Professor Nigel Harris argues that such a global structure is unthinkable in the 21st century. Why? As the world opens up, and barriers between countries come crashing down, so the powers of nations, nationalisms and the state have begun to dissolve. He argues that the notion of national capital is becoming redundant as cities and their citizens, increasingly unaffected by borders and national boundaries, take centre stage in the economic world. Harris deconstructs this phenomenon and argues for the immense benefits it could and should have, not just for western wealth, but for economies worldwide, for international communication and for global democracy.
Nigel Harris is Professor Emeritus of the Economics of the City, University College, London and author of Thinking the Unthinkable, The End of the Third World and The New Untouchables (all I.B. Tauris).
Preface... vii Acronyms ... xi 1 Introduction ... 1 Part I: Origins 2 The Origins of Capitalism... 9 3 The Modern State ... 46 4 The Apogee of the Modern State ... 91 Part II: Transitions 5 The Great Transition... 125 6 The Newcomers ... 142 Part III: Resistance to Ending the National Capital Project: Three Episodes 7 'Structural Adjustment' in the 1980s... 159 8 The Collapse of the Soviet Union... 172 9 Economic Crisis in Asia ... 189 Part IV: The New World Order 10 Governance ... 207 11 The Unfinished Agenda... 239 Notes on the Text ... 265 References and Sources... 269 Index ... 285