From “Hegemony and World Order” to “Interdependent Hegemony and World Re-order”

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In studies of world politics and international relations (IR, IPE and world order), the concept of “hegemony” is often applied to describe different enduring aspects of an order in the international system. It is a useful instrument in conceptualizing and understanding the dynamic and dialectic interplays in world order and international relations/systems. Realism perceives hegemony as the dominance by one leading state in interstate relations, such as in the concept often used by realism: “hegemonic stability”. Liberalism sees hegemony as being embedded in the interactions of each individual at the bottom, and in the norms and values of international institutions as rule-settlers at the top. And world system theory emphasizes state-based class and material forms of a hegemony which is shaped and maintained by a global division of labor. This division of labor constantly generates and regenerates unequal exchange, and that, in turn, differentiates the strong/rich versus the weak/poor, not only economically, but also politically and militarily.


International Relation World Order International Order Bretton Wood System World System Theory 
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