The Neo-Gramscians in the study of international relations: an appraisal

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In this article I provide an appraisal of the neo-Gramscian approach to the study of international relations by focusing on three of its major exponents: Robert Cox, Stephen Gill and Adam Morton. I argue that neo-Gramscians have yet to adequately address some important challenges and criticisms of their method around its overly " top-down " mode of analysis, its neglect of forms of resistance and its excessively global and cosmopolitan account of neoliberal hegemony and especially resistance. I maintain that a return to the letter of Gramsci's writings on hegemony and its national-popular and democratic character would not only allow neo-Gramscians to address more effectively these weaknesses, but also strengthen their approach and align it more effectively with trends in contemporary politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-114
Number of pages21
JournalMaterialismo Storico
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017


  • Gramsci
  • International Relations
  • Hegemony
  • National-popular


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