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GPS seminarium 18 april

Tid: 2018-04-18 13:15 -- 2018-04-18 15:00
Plats: Globala politiska studier, Lounge room, våning 9, Niagara, Malmö universitet, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

Globalization and the Rise of Integrated World Society: Deterritorialization, Structural Power, and the Emergence of the Central State System (co-authored with Salvatore Babones)

John Åberg (PhD, Lecturer, GPS)

Discussants: Derek Hutcheson (Associate Professor, GPS), Johan Modée (Senior Lecturer, GPS)

There is a widespread feeling that globalization represents a major system change that has or should have brought world society to the forefront of international relations theory. Nonetheless, world society remains an amorphous and undertheorized concept, and its potential role in shaping the structure of the international society of states has scarcely been raised.

We build on Buzan's master concept of "integrated" world society ("a label to describe the merger of world and interstate society") by locating the integration of world society in the globalization of human-to-human interaction networks. Following the advice of Buzan (2001) and Williams (2014), we use conceptual frameworks from international political economy (IPE) theory to systematically explore the structure of integrated world society along six dimensions derived from Mann (1986) and Strange (1988): military/security, political, economic/production, credit, knowledge, and ideological. Our empirical survey suggests that the structure of each of these networks has centralized as it has globalized, generating steep global hierarchies in world society that are similar to those that characterize national societies. 

The centrality of the United States in all six of our world society networks makes it in effect the "central state" of a new kind of interstate system that is endogenized within integrated world society: the central state system.

John H. S. Åberg holds a PhD from in Political Science Lingnan University in Hong Kong, with the thesis Status, Revisionism, and Great Power Strategy: US-China Positional Competition and the Struggle for Leadership in Asia-Pacific. He is currently a lecturer at GPS.

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