Prophecies and predictions

kimberly Hutchings

in Time and World Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073021
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701447 | DOI:
Prophecies and predictions

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This chapter focuses on the contrast between theories of post-Cold War world politics that rested on a revival of historicist theorising, and those that claimed scientific status. It begins with Popper's critique of historicism and how this set up an unsustainable, distinction between scientific and historicist conceptions of political time. Then, it looks at the way that the end of the Cold War prompted a revival of historicism in efforts to grasp the novelty of the new times of the 1990s, most notably in the theories of Fukuyama and Huntington. Liberal and realist responses to the new times of world politics post-1989 continue to be haunted by the relation between chromos and kairos. The chapter points to the way in which some of the social scientific responses to thinking the post-1989 present of world politics begin to put the unity and predictability of world-political time into question.

Keywords: post-Cold War; historicist theorizing; political time; world politics; social scientific

Chapter.  11892 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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