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Hegemony in International Society

Ian Clark


Can international legitimacy operate even in a deformed balance of power, and when there is only one dominant state? Conventionally, hegemony has been perceived as a threat to international society. But how then is international order to be maintained, if this still requires a managerial role on the part of the great powers? IR theory has not taken that problem sufficiently seriously. This study makes a sharp distinction between primacy, denoting merely a form of material power, and hegemony, understood as a legitimate practice, and as giving rise to a form of social power. Adopting an English ... More

Keywords: climate change, Concert of Europe, East Asia, English School, hegemony, international society, legitimacy, Pax Americana, Pax Britannica, power, primacy, Security Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Clark, author
E. H. Carr Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.
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