This volume explores the work of Robert W. Cox across International Relations, International Political Economy, and International Historical Sociology. Robert W. Cox has been a key figure in so-called critical approaches to world politics, contributing to the inter-paradigm debate in IR, pioneering the Gramscian approach to IPE, developing key insights into international institutions, and the changing nature of capitalism and the state. His more recent work on intercivilizational encounters and intersubjectivity has been no less influential.
This comprehensive collection provides an entry-point into Cox’s work across these themes of history, theory, political economy, and civilizations, offering a way for researchers and students to engage with Robert W. Cox’s rich legacy and deploy the many insights of his thought into contemporary scholarship.This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as academics working within world politics.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Globalizations.
Statement by Robert W. Cox
Preface: On the Legacy of Robert W. Cox Richard Falk
1. Introduction: From International Relations to World Civilizations: The Contributions of Robert W. Cox Shannon Brincat
2. Robert W. Cox’s Method of Historical Structures Redux Timothy J. Sinclair
3. The Critical Theorist’s Labour: Empirical or Philosophical Historiography for International Relations? Richard Devetak and Ryan Walter
4. Robert W. Cox and the Idea of History: Political Economy as Philosophy Randall Germain
5. Neo-Gramscian Theory and Third World Violence: A Time for Broadening Randolph B. Persaud
6. Traditional, Problem-Solving and Critical Theory: An Analysis of Horkheimer and Cox’s Setting of the ‘Critical’ Divide Shannon Brincat
7. Framing Robert W. Cox, Framing International Relations Vendulka Kubálková
8. Labour in Global Production: Reflections on Coxian Insights in a World of Global Value Chains Nicola Phillips
9. Global Governance and Universities: The Power of Ideas and Knowledge James H. Mittelman
10. ‘Behemoth Pulls the Peasant’s Plough’: Convergence and Resistance to Business Civilization in China George Karavas and Shannon Brincat
11. Rethinking about Civilizations: The Politics of Migration in a New Climate Samid Suliman
This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.