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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The New Global Order and the Return of the Nation-State

Prof. Clarence Y.H. Lo.

I critique the literature on globalization that over-emphasizes the transnational character of corporations and the importance of international political institutions. Recent actions instigated by the presidential administration of George W. Bush in the United States are indicative of a broader strategy to use the power of the United States government, sidestepping established international institutions. I examine the extent to which this resurgence of the nation-state is rooted in conflicts between nations over energy and economic growth strategies, and conflicts over petroleum reserves in particular. I compare the role of several transnational oil and energy corporations, including those headquartered in the U.S. (Exxon Mobil), UK (BP), France (TotalFinaElf), and Russia, examining their pursuit of national interests in contrast to global profitability. I also examine to what extent the nationalist current of foreign policy in the Untied States has ideological and political sources as well as economic ones, and the interplay between such ideologies and interests I conclude with implications for theories of Empire, imperialism, and post-colonialism.


Prof. Clarence Y.H. Lo  (United States)
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Missouri at Columbia

Clarence Y.H. Lo is co-author of Social Policy and the Conservative Agenda and is author of Small Property versus Big Government and numerous articles about the state and right-wing social movements. He is Associate Professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia and was Assistant Professor of Sociology at U.C.L.A.

  • Nation-state
  • Globalism
  • Empire
  • post-colonial
  • corporations
  • petroleum
  • energy policy
Person as Subject
  • Bush, George W.

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)