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Unformatted text preview: ruling class. Critical theorists place an emphasis on the role of MNCs, particularly in the 21 st century. The major actor is the transnational capitalist class, that acts through the MNCs. States serve the interests of this class. This class will be distributed throughout the system, such that there are elites in the core, semi-periphery, and periphery that share a similar set of economic interests. The state acts in the interests of this class. 3. Power in the international system is linked to an actors position within this capitalist hierarchy core states have greater opportunities to act, weaker states are more constrained by the system. What radicals emphasize with regard to power is the exploitive element. 4. Normative. The current international system is bad and needs to be radically changed....
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- Fall '11