2 Production, Power, and World Order

Cox's operationalization of neo-Gramscian theory




Cox's early essays stimulated a fresh approach to the study of the world system among critical International Relations (IR) scholars who appreciated the possibilities for theoretical renewal inherent in Cox's methodological innovations. For these scholars, at least, Cox's argument that the adequacy of his approach to IR is not judged by how accurately it reflects Gramsci's ideas but how adequately it allows for an understanding of the world has been persuasive. Such an understanding was provided in his major work, Production, Power, and World Order: Social Forces in the Making of History (1987). Here, via his mastery of a huge amount of historical and ...

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