evolution

Evolutionary systems theory: concepts and schools in international relations

Discusses the main evolutionary approaches as part of the international relations literature.

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 …

Evolutionary systems theory

Summarizes major theoretical evolutionary approaches to the study of world systems.

The complexity of history: systems that make a world [Paper presentation]

The dynamics of major power rivalries have developed in tune with political and economic global system long-term developmental phases for a number of centuries. This paper places a special focus on the current phase of major power rivalry and the …

The making of a digital world: the evolution of technological change and how it shaped our world

Theoretical and empirical discussion of world system evolution in the digital age.

A future foretold? Multinational firms and leading sector development—Past, present, and future [Paper presentation]

The rise of awareness in globalization processes has led to a renewed focus on leading sectors and thus the interaction between states and multinational firms that helps foster them. Previously viewed as “national agents” of state power, …

Is globalization self-organizing?

The observance of a relatively stable pattern of global system development has often been criticised for the lack of theoretical underpinnings of its pulsating behavior. This paper contributes to the growing literature that combines complex system …

Chaos or reorder? The future of hegemony in a world-system in upheaval

The latest resurgence of interest in the concept of hegemony and empire–both in the popular and academic realm–has been mostly the result of a change in perception of power, specifically its sources, application, and distribution. Here we argue that …

Three steps in the globalization of the international system: global networks from 1000 BCE to 2053 CE

This chapter employs a new, world historically based and interdisciplinary framework for the study of global system development, the extended evolutionary world politics (EWP) frame work. It uses the EWP framework to study current transitions and the …

The Phoenix-cycle: global leadership transition in a long-wave perspective

It has been argued that one of the reoccurring phenomenon of hegemonic transitions is the inability of the existing leader to establish a similar leadership position in a newly emerging and structurally different commercial and organizational …