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World-systems Theory

Steven Hurst

in Cold War US Foreign Policy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620791
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620791.003.0006
World-systems Theory

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This chapter explores the world-systems theory perspective of the history of the foreign policy of the US during the Cold War. It explains that the world-systems theory provides an analysis of US foreign policy which explains policy primarily in terms of the effects of global capitalism as a structured system and the position of the US within that system. It analyses Thomas McCormick and Bruce Cumings' versions of this perspective and highlights the strengths and limitations of each version. It suggests that both McCormick and Cumings possess an inadequate and reductionist conceptualisation of politics.

Keywords: world-systems theory; global capitalism; Thomas McCormick; Bruce Cumings; reductionist conceptualisation; politics

Chapter.  13986 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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