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Cold War US Foreign PolicyKey Perspectives$
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Steven Hurst

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620791

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620791.001.0001

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World-systems Theory

World-systems Theory

(p.110) Five World-systems Theory
Cold War US Foreign Policy

Steven Hurst

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the world-systems theory perspective of the history of the foreign policy of the US during the Cold War. It explains that the world-systems theory provides an analysis of US foreign policy which explains policy primarily in terms of the effects of global capitalism as a structured system and the position of the US within that system. It analyses Thomas McCormick and Bruce Cumings' versions of this perspective and highlights the strengths and limitations of each version. It suggests that both McCormick and Cumings possess an inadequate and reductionist conceptualisation of politics.

Keywords:   world-systems theory, global capitalism, Thomas McCormick, Bruce Cumings, reductionist conceptualisation, politics

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