During the last few years, the concept of empire has suffered from conceptual stretching. The aim of this article is thus threefold. First, it identifies the peripheral concepts with which empire is usually confused. Second, it investigates defining strategies applied to “empire” and suggests three reasons that account for conceptual stretching. Third, it builds a new definition, carefully distinguished from those of hegemon, great power, cosmopolis and imperialism. Finally, the paper insists on the necessity of this clarification for political science as well as historical sociology.
|Translated title of the contribution||Everything Empire: Or how this concept has lost its specificity and how to restore it|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||European Journal of Social Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- International Relations Theory