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Hegemony in International Society$
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Ian Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556267.001.0001

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Hegemony and IR Theory

Hegemony and IR Theory

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Hegemony in International Society

Ian Clark (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter locates hegemony in the context of IR theoretical debates. In particular, it examines two alternative conceptions of international stability, one related to a dispersal of power, and the other to a concentration of power. This allows the author to elaborate his own concept of hegemony, in close association with legitimacy. The main bodies of writing on hegemony (Gramsci, Hegemonic Stability Theory) are reviewed as part of this presentation, and the notion of the hegemon as a leading state, socially recognized as such, is introduced. The chapter then challenges those neorealist refutations of hegemony, based on its association with hierarchy rather than anarchy, in order to open up its alternative interpretation.

Keywords:   anarchy, Gramsci, Hegemonic Stability Theory, hegemony, hierarchy, leadership, legitimacy, neorealism, stability

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