International relations are a reflection of the economic system of
Capitalism is not sustainable over time (over production and worker
exploitation leads to falling demand and eventual collapse)
Class is the main unit of analysis
Lenin and Hobson‟s theory of imperialism
The state promotes capitalist interests
The inevitable demise of capitalism: when?
Empirical predictions: Conflict over markets; imperialism; diversionary
wars; collusion of capitalist classes; underdevelopment and dependency;
- Neo Marxism: World Systems Analysis
Core, periphery, semi periphery
Growing inequality; the demise of the capitalist system
A social reading of IR- social institutions give meaning to material factors
Institutions: a set of customs, practices, relationships, or behavioral
patterns of importance in the life of a community or society; institutions
are the rules of the game, the norms that regulate behavior; they generate
repetitive and predictable behavior; they define the social constraints and
opportunities that actors face.
Actors identities are shaped by institutions and norms.
Unit of analysis: identiti