World system evolution [Paper presentation]


This paper argues that the current shifts (or crisis) in world system developmental trajectories can best be understood if they are placed in a long-term, evolutionary world-system developmental perspective. Rather than being a ‘regular’ iteration in this cyclical, developmental pattern, however, the current transformations are reflective of the previous collapse and following re-emergence of a complex systemic structure. This argument is tested empirically using world system network data measuring linkages between major global nodes over a 500 year period.

52nd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Montréal, Québec, Canada
Joachim K. Rennstich
Joachim K. Rennstich
Professor International Social Work and Research Methods

My research interests include the long-term development of digital capitalism, digital literacy and innovative teaching-methodologies.