". . . the geopolitical economic (geopolinomic) world order of the twenty-first century will be quite unlike the order of the mid-twentieth century. . . . Geopolitics will not only be funded by a world economy, it will increasingly be obliged to serve it."
-- Stuart Corbridge
"Conceivably, a new multipolar distribution of power could culminate in a renewed struggle for supremacy that could end the longest period of great-power peace in modern history."
-- Charles W. Kegley Jr. & Gregory Raymond
"Nation states remain the principal actors in world affairs. The most important groupings of states, however, are no longer the three blocs of the Cold War, but rather the world's seven or eight major civilizations."
-- Samuel Huntington
"Culture serves authority, and ultimately the national state, not because it represses and coerces but because it is affirmative, positive, and persuasive."
--Edward Said 1
The previous chapter concentrated on the dynamics of the international economy. The latter's transformation is not just quantitative, but qualitative as well; it is not solely a question of more trade and intra-state economic relations, but also an unprecedented scale of transnational production and global markets which transcend national borders and political systems.
With the transformation of the international economy, one may ask if international politics is consequently transformed and its logic of opera-