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I. Critical-Liberal, Marxist and Neo-Weberian Approaches

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While (neo-)realist approaches within the discipline of international relations generally highlight the parameters of power politics to explain militarised foreign policy, critical-liberal and Marxist approaches point to socio-economic causes of state competition. Neo-Weberian theories, by contrast, seek out both political as well as economic causes. The left-liberal John A. Hobson explains capitalist countries' drive to expand at two levels: economic-sociological and structural-economic. The classical Marxist theories of imperialism represent an attempt to analyse the fusion of imperial politics of conquest with global economic competition. Besides Hobson's writings, the basis for Marxist theories of imperialism is the work of Rudolf Hilferding. But it was Vladimir I. Lenin who popularised the economic foundation of emergent imperialism. The period of post-war US hegemony in the West, during which the US engineered a tacit international compact in a 'superimperialist' manner, met its end with the crisis of over-production that began in the 1960s.

Keywords: capitalism; classical Marxist theory; critical-liberal approach; global economic competition; imperialism; John A. Hobson; militarised foreign policy; Neo-Weberian approach; US hegemony; Vladimir I. Lenin



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