If the traditional concept of hegemony within a state system is based around the idea that one leading and dominant state provides a source for its stability, then its evolution as a process that explains an ideological order takes a contrasting form and emerges from a different departure point. Largely coming from the Marxist tradition that was emerging at the start of the twentieth century, the concept has become associated with Antonio Gramsci. In international relations (IR), the growth of the ‘neo-Gramscian’ approach has applied different versions of Gramsci’s notion of hegemony. In this chapter, I shall outline the understanding of hegemony that Gramsci developed, show how this has been applied in different ways and outline its shortcomings. I shall also look at how the development of its application in other fields across the social sciences can add to new studies of hegemonic consent in international politics.
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