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Department
Political Science
Course
POLS 2940
Professor
Glenn Goshulak
Semester
Fall

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Text: Millenium Journal of Int’l studies Article: Social forces, states and world orders Author: Cox  Traditionally, distinction between state and society o Interests of society  Individual interactions based on contracts and market transactions o Interests of the state  Maintaining internal peace  External defence  Requisite conditions for markets (economic facilitation) o Foreign policy tended to express the interests of the state  Today, society and state are intertwined o Still, state (not society) is central to IR  Gap = different state/society configurations, plurality of state type o Unexplored topic o Social relations and social forces may be key  Approach: developed core, underdeveloped periphery o Criticisms:  Undervaluing the states (it is not true that stronger states = core, and weaker states = periphery)  Exploitation of labour  System-maintenance bias  Approach focus  maintain/restore system equilibrium  Missi
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