Crises and Hegemonic Transitions

From Gramsci’s Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy


Crises and Hegemonic Transitions reworks the concept of hegemony at the international level and analyses its relation to world market crises. Returning to the critical edition of Gramsci’s Quaderni and maintaining that the author’s work is permeated by Marx’s Capital and the law of value, Fusaro argues that imperialist states strive to constructing hegemonic relations in order to secure capital accumulation using domination and leadership, coercion and consensus, and that economic crises have only the potential to provoke crises of hegemony. Tracing the vicissitudes of US hegemony from the interwar period to the present and assessing the Great Depression’s and the Great Recession’s impact, Fusaro provides a novel way to interpret past and present developments within the world economy.


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Biographical Note

Lorenzo Fusaro, Ph.D. in International Political Economy (King’s College London, 2013), is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico. He is the author of diverse works, including Revisiting Gramsci’s Laboratory (Brill, forthcoming, with Antonini et al.) and ‘Why China is Different: Hegemony, Revolutions and the Rise of Contender States’ (in Research in Political Economy 32, August 2017).

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Figures and Tables
Introduction: Which Gramsci?  1  Gramsci vs Capital?  2  Towards the Development of a New Concept  3  Argument and Plan of the Book
1 A Dissenting View  1  Theories of Hegemony  2  Crises and Hegemonic Transitions  3  Do Crises lead to Hegemonic Transitions?  4  A Critique

Part 1 Theory

2 Hegemony  1  Readings of Gramsci  2  Hegemony at the National Level  3  Gramscian IR  4  Gramsci’s IR  5  Hegemony at the International Level (first cut)
3 Crises  1  Marx’s Method and Gramsci  2  Capital  3  An Integral Theory of Crises  4  From Capital to the International  5  Hegemony at the International Level (second cut)  6  World Market Crises and Hegemonic Transitions

Part 2 History

4 Tantae Molis Erat: US Hegemony during the Interwar Period  1  Sturm und Drang Hegemony  2  In Crisis  3  The Full Realisation of US Hegemony
5 Not for Real, Yet: US Hegemony Today  1  Hegemony Unravelling (1970–2007)?  2  The Great Recession  3  Fight with Cudgels
Conclusion: Crises and Hegemonic Transitions  1  The Concept  2  Hegemony  3  Crises and Hegemonic Transitions  4  US Hegemony and China’s Long March Ahead
Bibliography Index


All interested in critical perspectives within International Political Economy, historical sociology, and the work of Antonio Gramsci.


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