The case for a foundational materialism: going beyond historical materialist IPE in order to strengthen it

Author
Ian Bruff
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal of International Relations and Development
Volume
14
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
July 2011
Institution
Central and East European International Studies Association
Abstract
In recent years, historical materialist International Political Economy (IPE) has been criticised frequently for a worldview that, it is claimed, emphasises in principle the inherently open-ended and contingent nature of societal evolution, but in practice adheres to a deterministic outlook. This, for (especially constructivist and post-structuralist) critics, is the case in even neo-Gramscian contributions, which explicitly discuss the role of ideas and culture as well as class conflict rooted in capitalist production relations.
Topic
Political Economy