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VI. Historical Phases of the World Order and the Periodisation of Socio-Economic and Geopolitical Power Relations

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This chapter makes the following claim: in order to grasp the complex relationship between economic and geopolitical competitive relations, it is necessary to understand their historical transformations on multiple levels. In pursuing this claim, the chapter first describes historical phases of the world order, that is, specific phases that are neither synonymous with conventional descriptions of economic developmental phases nor with phases of statehood or state interventionism. In a second analytical step, it differentiates the phases of the world order in their socio-economic and geopolitical forms according to the various distinguishing characteristics that each phase presented. The chapter attempts to periodise the phases of global power relations at the broadest conceptual level, which thus allows for an analysis of 'world orders' and their hegemonic and non-hegemonic character. It discusses periodisation that focuses more specifically on socio-economic development. Finally, it looks more closely at the transformation of statehood and state competition.

Keywords: capitalist state; economic competition; geopolitical power relation; historical phases of the world order; non-hegemonic phase; periodisation; socio-economic development; state interventionism



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