Top 10 Neo-Gramscian Theorists

Neo-Gramscianism is a critical approach to IR and IPE which began with Robert W. Cox, a university professor at York University. The theory heavily relies on the writings of Antonio Gramsci. Here is a list of 10 theorists who contributed to field, including Cox. Check their work out, especially if you are doing research on the subject.


1. Robert W. Cox:

This York University Professor is the father of Neo-Gramscianism. He accepts the state and anarchic relationships between historical structures. Cox’s acceptance for multiplicity and his diversity can potentially channel the gap between rationalist and interpretative approaches to international political economy.


2. Susan Strange:

She is one the most renowned political theorists, professors and scholars in Britain. Many scholars today like Iseri use her theories and conceptions to build on their work. She was the first woman to hold the chair position at London School of Economics.


3. Andreas Bieler:

He is highly critical of Marxists and their theory of globalization. He believes that Marxist takes too much of a theoretical and abstract perspective on globalization, ignoring the different forms of states in the process.


4. Emre Iseri:

He was a Ph.d Candidate at Keele University School of Politics. He wrote an article named, “Neo-Gramscian Analysis of US Hegemony Today.” The article looks at how neo-gramscian theory and the terms used by Gramsci can be applied to altering dynamics of international relations. He sees U.S. as a declining hegemonic power as a result.


5. David L. Levy:

He co-wrote an article with Daniel Egan which took a neo-Gramscian approach to corporate political strategy. He drew on the work Gramsci using capital, social forces and the state for his analysis.


6. Stephen Gill:

Gill is a student of Robert W. Cox. He continues the work of Cox to some degree. He came up with the idea of new constitutionalism which seeks to provide permanent anchorage for capital in the global political economy. Currently he is a senior political science scholar at York University.


7. Adam David Morton:

Morton is a senior lecturer at School of Politics and International Relations. He often writes with Bieler and agrees with him on the critiques to Marxism. He recently wrote Unravelling Gramsci: Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy.


8. Kees van der Pijl:

His is a professor at University of Sussex and is a follower of neo-Gramscianism. He focuses on the structure of the global political economy, transnational classes, the history behind IR and IPE and the methods of foreign relations.


9. Henk Overbeek:

He is part of the New Amsterdam school of thought which examines IR and IPE from a neo-gramscian perspective. He is now a professor at the University of Amsterdam.


10. Peter Burnham:

Previously at University of Warwick, he is currently a professor at University of Birmingham. He focuses on British politics, radical IR politics and state theory in his research.


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