1st Edition

From International Relations to World Civilizations The Contributions of Robert W. Cox

Edited By Shannon Brincat Copyright 2017
    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Shannon Brincat is a Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia. His research focuses on recognition theory and cosmopolitanism, dialectics, tyrannicide, climate change justice, and Critical Theory. He has been the editor of a number of collections, most recently Dialectics and World Politics; Recognition, Conflict and the Problems of Ethical Community; and the three volume series Communism in the Twenty-First Century. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of the journal Global Discourse.