This book introduces Uneven and Combined Development as an approach in international studies and showcases some of the latest and most innovative research in this field.
The theory of Uneven and Combined Development originated in the writings of Leon Trotsky. However, in recent years it has become the subject of flourishing literature in the discipline of International Relations, due to its unique ability to reintegrate social and international theory. The first and second generations of this literature were focused upon retrieving the idea, expanding it into a social theory of ‘the international’, and applying it to numerous empirical cases – such as the rise of political Islam, the causes of the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution, and even the origins of capitalism as a world system. In the present volume, a third generation has arrived which further extends the reach of UCD, connecting it in new and exciting ways to such subjects as ecology, macro-economic policy, culture, Science and Technology Studies, Comparative Literature and even science-fiction.
The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Results and prospects: an introduction to the CRIA special issue on UCD
Part I: New Directions in UCD
1. The greening of uneven and combined development: IR, capitalism and the global ecological crisis
2. Geoculture and unevenness: Occidentalism in the history of uneven and combined development
3. National adequation and critical originality in the work of Antonio Candido
Roberto Schwarz, Nicholas Brown and Justin Rosenberg
4. Worlds beyond capitalism: images of uneven and combined development in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy
5. Uneven and combined development: convergence realism in communist regalia?
6. Of economic whips and political necessities: a contribution to the international political economy of uneven and combined development
Felipe Antunes de Oliveira
7. Imposing evenness, preventing combination: charting the international dynamics of socio-technical imaginaries of innovation in American foreign policy
Daniel R. McCarthy
Part II: Forum on UCD and International Political Economy
8. UCD and IPE: an introduction to the forum
9. Regaining relevance: IPE and a changing global political economy
10. Uneven and combined development, international political economy, and world-systems analysis
Robert A. Denemark
11. The internationalization of the state versus ‘the causality of the international’
Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin
Part III: UCD and International Relations Theory
12. Multiplicity, group identity and the spectre of the social
13. Rewiring unevenness: the historical sociology of late modernization beyond the West/East duality
14. The public-private distinction in the shadow of China: uneven and combined development’s critique of liberal IR theory?
Darius A’Zami and Xin Liu
15. Uneven and combined development: a defense of the general abstraction
Justin Rosenberg is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. He is the author of The Empire of Civil Society (1994), The Follies of Globalisation Theory (2000), and numerous articles on Uneven and Combined Development.
Jack Brake is PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
Tatiana Pignon is PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
Lucas de Oliveira Paes is Senior Research Fellow and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, as well as a former Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.