In rebuke to those mainstream IR scholars who identiﬁed Marxist thought with Soviet diplomatic practice, the years since the collapse of the USSR have seen a ﬂourishing of Marxist writing in the ﬁeld. This trend has been stimulated, in the best traditions of praxis, by the need to account for actually existing international politics:in the debate on ‘globalization’ in the 1990s and the subsequent ‘return to empire’ in the early years of this century. For many Marxists, the issues of empire and imperialism had never really died away. These ‘revived’ debates have, however, revealed the persistence of a series of dilemmas in Marxist thought on international relations. In what follows, we focus on one dimension of these many issues-speciﬁcally what has been termed the ‘problematic of the international’ (Rosenberg 2000, 65). Most generally stated, this can be deﬁned as the myriad theoretical, political, normative, and philosophical problems ﬂowing from the division and interaction of humanity into a multiplicity of political communities. Here, we enquire into the theoretical issues emerging from Marxism’s engagement with this international problematique, noting some of its political implications.
|Title of host publication||Marxism and World Politics|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contesting Global Capitalism|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Dec 2012|