States can be divided into core

States can be divided into core - ruling class Critical...

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1. States can be divided into core, periphery and semiperiphery. The emphasis for radicals is the structural relationship between these categories. Core represents the industrialized, “developed” world. The capitalists. Periphery exists as a source of raw materials and cheap labor for mnc’s based in the core. Semi- periphery lies in between. Carries out both roles. East Asia, Brazil. Semi- developed states. States can shift from one to another, though this is difficult. East Asian states are the best examples of states that shifted to the core. However, for critical theorists, East Asia’s development serves the interests of the capitalist system – cheap production, meeting consumer demand in the core. This growth is limited to its position within the division of labor. 2. State is an important actor insofar as it is the executive body of the transnational
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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 actor’s 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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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course POLISCI 1003 taught by Professor Olson during the Fall '11 term at GWU.

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