Capitalist political imperialism

Other Names:
Monopoly capitalism

Domination of the decision-making process of one people by that of another. The capitalist system of economics requires a political environment in which market forces are permitted to vie openly with one another. This environment is imposed upon a people that they may better participate in international capitalism as consumers and producers.


In 1917 Vladimir Lenin designated Imperialism ‘The Highest Stage of Capitalism’: ‘[I]mperialism is monopoly capitalism,’ he wrote, and signals ‘the transition from the capitalist system to a higher social-economic order.’  He viewed the Great War as the exhaustion of homogenising potential of capitalism that Marx and Engels had predicted.

Human dependence
Reducing imperialism
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
20.12.2019 – 11:15 CET