The political and social theory of Antonio Gramsci has had a significant influence among critical scholars in the social sciences.1 Yet, perhaps more than the work of other theorists, Gramscian analysis is not self-evident and requires interpretation and exegesis: most significantly, Gramsci’s greatest contributions to theory were written in prison, under the gaze of censors, circumstances under which he developed a number of euphemisms and codes for political figures and events. Compounding this, however, is the fact that Gramsci’s prison notebooks have become available to scholars only gradually, being published in a somewhat piecemeal manner, particularly in translation, making the task of interpretation more challenging.2 These issues notwithstanding, Gramsci has often been subjected to partial readings that flatten his political theory to (a typically oversimplified understanding of) his conception of hegemony.


Civil Society Modernization Theory World Order Market Discipline Peace Process 
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