World System theory

This chapter will present the theoretical framework within which the current position of Europe in the world will be studied in Chapter IV. It will be assumed that the appropriate unit of analysis is the world system . There are, however, as many world system theories as there are world system theorists. Here a particular blend will be adopted, with references given to alternative or complementary positions. Constraints of space will lead to a condensed presentation.


II World system theory – Contents

II.1 Introduction

II.2 The five thousand year world system

II.3 Systemic cycles of accumulation of capital

II.4 Hegemony and hegemons

II.5 Conclusions