Towards an English School theory of hegemony

Clark, Ian (2009) Towards an English School theory of hegemony. European Journal of International Relations, 15 2: 203-228. doi:10.1177/1354066109103136

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Author Clark, Ian
Title Towards an English School theory of hegemony
Journal name European Journal of International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-0661
Publication date 2009-06-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/1354066109103136
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 203
End page 228
Total pages 26
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract English School (ES) writers have never developed a systematic account of hegemony, and most set out with assumptions that are `antihegemonial'. The writings of Hedley Bull, in particular, appeared to reject any notion of a legitimate hegemony. However, a social theory of hegemony that emphasizes its consensual nature does appear consistent with other ES positions, particularly on the role of the Great Powers. This article excavates an ES theory of hegemony. It develops the argument for hegemony as a potential institution of international society, by analogy with the role of the Great Powers, and by extension of other ES principles. This stresses not just the material power of the Great Powers, but their degree of social recognition. Accordingly, it suggests that such a view of hegemony is no more paradoxical than, say, ES acceptance of war as a similar institution. This fills a major void in ES theory which otherwise has nothing of interest to say about international order in conditions of primacy.
Keyword English School
International society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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