Hegemony and international relations

Antoniades, Andreas (2017) Hegemony and international relations. International Politics. ISSN 1384-5748 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The paper interrogates the current state-of-the-art in hegemony analysis in International Relations (IR). First, I discuss the limitations of using IR theories as a point of departure for analysing the phenomenon of hegemony in world politics. Second, I identify the ‘agent-structure problematique’ and ‘Critical Realism’ as two different waves of hegemony theorising and examine their contributions and limitations. Then I offer an outline of how we can move beyond the current state-of-the-art, in order to develop a more comprehensive framework of analysing hegemony. Focusing on the multiple movements of power within a hegemonic order, the paper advances a conceptualisation of hegemony as a complex power ecology – a dynamic order that draws on multiple and conflicting social forces and temporalities, which, in the final analysis, denote an existential battle for determining desire and the meaning of life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Theories of hegemony, hegemonic order, hegemonic power, hegemony, English School, Critical Realism, Gramsci, social change.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 09:39
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 09:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70470

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