International Relations Theory: A Marxist Critique. Volume I: Mainstream IR

Hughes, David (2021) International Relations Theory: A Marxist Critique. Volume I: Mainstream IR. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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This book is the first of a two-volume study offering the first comprehensive Marxist critique of International Relations (IR) theory. The first volume deals with mainstream IR theory, the second with “critical” IR theory. Contrary to the mantra that IR celebrates theoretical diversity, Marxism remains heavily suppressed in IR, as it always has been. This is true of both mainstream IR, which has historically ignored, attacked, and caricatured Marxism, and “critical” IR, which has replaced Marxism with an array of vulgar theories devoid of Marxism’s central characteristics. Challenging the received wisdom that no Marxist theory of international relations exists, this volume proposes one and uses it to critique classical realism, the English School, behaviouralism, liberalism, neorealism, normative theory, and constructivism. Each theory is critiqued diachronically, linking its disciplinary evolution to the restructuring of power relations in the global political economy and identifying important junctures and instrumentalities in IR for the entrenchment of imperialist interests. The political, ontological, epistemological, and methodological assumptions of each theory are drawn out, highlighting in each case an explicitly anti-Marxist bias. The book makes clear the full extent to which, and the means by which, mainstream IR has worked to promote ruling class interests and suppress class conflict. It also debunks many of the myths about Marxism that exist in IR and introduces a much clearer understanding of Marxism into the discipline.

Keywords:Marxism, International Relations Theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L250 International Relations
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:35576
Deposited On:08 Apr 2019 11:58

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