Beyond Globalization: Capitalism, Territoriality and the by Hannes Lacher

By Hannes Lacher

Hannes Lacher provides a brand new severe social concept of diplomacy that integrates sociology, heritage and political geography to appreciate the formation and improvement of contemporary foreign relations.

Far from implying a go back to state-centrist Realism, this crucial new quantity leads us in the direction of a severe social idea of diplomacy that questions the existing conceptions of the trendy foreign political financial system as a suite of nationally bounded areas extra essentially than ever ahead of. It additionally exhibits us that capitalist modernity itself was once, from the start, characterised through the dualism of world fiscal integration and the fragmentation of political house, which truly stems from the divergent origins of capitalism and territorial sovereignty.

This publication may be of significant curiosity to al scholars of historic sociology, political geography, diplomacy and political science.

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Yet they remain uncomfortably homothetic in form, seemingly asserting that the ‘facts’ of capitalist development follow inevitably from unchanging causes. And even if the laws of the capitalist mode of production are to be regarded as the laws of a specific historical epoch, there remains Marx’s own notorious summary of his method in the preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, which clearly states laws of historical development. Here, he asserts the transhistorical primacy of the economic base over the political, legal and ideological superstructures; he specifies a model of law-like and necessary evolution of different ‘modes of production’; and he posits a mechanism of historical development driven by the contradictions between the ‘forces’ and ‘relations’ of production (Marx 1978: 4–5).

Moreover, each step in these autonomous, but mutually reinforcing rationalization processes could have been blocked by historical contingencies, with traditional institutions being reinforced by social actors in order to defend particular ideal or material interests. And yet, for all the contingency and specificity, and in spite of all the particular configurations and combinations of causes that effected each step, there is a clear sense of inevitability in Weber’s thesis. The rationality of the West, owing to its origins in Greek and Judaeo-Christian culture, was almost predestined to reach the apogee of rationality that characterizes modernity, while it necessarily eluded ‘the East’ (though it subsequently became the object of externally induced and enforced rationalization).

13 (Kocka 1985: 139–40) Contemporary critics of Marxism like Ruggie seem to continue to partake in this misunderstanding. Similarly, while Marx is adamant that idealism cannot yield an explanation of historical development, it should be noted that the ‘idealism’ he criticized was not one which asserts that norms, values or ideas influence social processes, as traditional Weberians and contemporary ‘constructivists’ claim (cf. Wendt 1999: 92–6). The possibility of ‘ideal interests’ or ‘ideas’ intervening in the historical process is not one that Marx precludes (or that historical materialists must preclude).

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