Marx n int relations

Marx n int relations - • One notable Marxist approach to...

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How has Marxist theory been applied to international relations? Marxist and Neo-Marxist international relations theories are structuralist paradigms which reject the realist / liberal view of state conflict or cooperation; instead focusing on the economic and material aspects. Marxist approaches argue the position of historical materialism and make the assumption that the economic concerns transcend others; allowing for the elevation of class as the focus of study. \ Marxists view the international system as an integrated capitalist system in pursuit of capital accumulation . A sub-discipline of Marxist IR is Critical Security Studies . Gramscian approaches rely on the ideas of Italian Antonio Gramsci whose writings concerned the hegemony that capitalism holds as an ideology. Marxist approaches have also inspired Critical Theorists such as Robert Cox who argues that "Theory is always for someone and for some purpose".
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Unformatted text preview: • One notable Marxist approach to international relations theory is Immanuel Wallerstein's World-system theory which can be traced back to the ideas expressed by Lenin in Imperialism: The Highest Stage of capitalism. World-system theory argues that globalized capitalism has created a core of modern industrialized countries which exploit a periphery of exploited "Third World" countries. These ideas were developed by the Latin American Dependency School . "Neo-Marxist" or "New Marxist" approaches have return to the writings of Karl Marx for their inspiration. Key "New Marxists" include Justin Rosenberg and Benno Teschke . Marxist approaches have enjoyed a renaissance since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. • Criticisms of Marxists approaches to international relations theory include the narrow focus on material and economic aspects of life....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course FINC 2012 taught by Professor Andrew during the Three '10 term at University of Sydney.

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