The essays collected here relate the writings of Antonio Gramsci and others to the contemporary reconstruction of historical materialist theories of international relations. The contributors analyse the contradiction between globalising and territorially-based social and political forces in the context of past, present and future world orders, and view the emerging world order as undergoing a structural transformation, a 'triple crisis' involving economic, political and 'socio-cultural' change. The prevailing trend of the 1980s and early 1990s toward the marketisation and commodification of social relations leads the contributors to argue that socialism needs to be redefined away from the totalising visions associated with Marxism-Leninism, towards the idea of the self-defence of society and social choice to counter the disintegrating and atomising effects of globalising and unplanned market forces.
• Collection of essays relating work of Gramsci and others to the emerging world order • Gramsci is trendy in IR and political theory, and this addresses some of the latest debates on the future of world capitalism and socialism • Gill is a Press author, and a rising star in the field. Contribs are also well-known and respected
Preface Stephen Gill; Part I. Philosophical and Theoretical Reflections: 1. Epistemology, ontology and the 'Italian School' Stephen Gill; 2. Gramsci, hegemony and international relations: an essay in method Robert Cox; 3. Alienation, capitalism and the inter-state system: toward a Marxian/Gramscian critique Mark Rupert; 4. Global hegemony and the structural power of capital Stephen Gill and David Law; Part II. Past, Present and Future: 5. Gramsci and international relations: a general perspective with examples from recent US policy toward the Third World Enrico Augelli and Craig Murphy; 6. The three hegemonies of historical capitalism Giovanni Arrighi; 7. The hegemonic transition in East Asia: a historical perspective Barry Gills; 8. Internationalisation and democratisation: southern Europe, Latin America and the world economic crisis Otto Holman; 9. Soviet socialism and passive revolution Kees Van Der Pijl; 10. Structural issues of global governance Robert Cox.
' … overall very interesting and provocative, (this collection of essays) is an attempt to both vindicate the 'Gramscian' orientation as a fruitful approach to the study of international relations and to normalize it within the mainstream of research … quite a number of the chapters present fresh, important arguments and radical perspectives regarding current problems of the emerging dispensation in world politics.' International Affairs