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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 4(1), pp. 3143, January, 2016. 

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2016.013

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



Africa and Inequality in The International System at Post US Hegemony:  A Modern World System Perspective


Imoh Imoh-Ita and Luke Amadi


Department of Political Science and Administrative Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria


Accepted 31 January 2016



This article re-engaged in the world systems debate at the decline of US hegemony .It demonstrated that the United States became the dominant economic and military power at the end of World War II, with global institutional framework through the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (later World Trade Organization), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund—It argued that this created a wave of systemic inequality as the world system connects the economic development of “First World” countries referred to as “ core” to the underdevelopment of the “Third World” countries referred to as the “periphery” structured for the core countries’ economic benefits and exploitation. Through appropriating the labor and raw materials of the periphery and using them as markets for finished products, the periphery societies became dependent on the core societies. The global economic recession of 2008 saw the decline of US hegemony and the rise of China and emergence of novel South –South Corporation and particularly the BRICS- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. These portend a novel look at the international system to interrogate the position of Africa. The paper followed Immanuel Wallenstein’s world system analysis and sets of seminal secondary data and interrogated the place of Africa in the international system at the decline of US hegemony. Findings suggested that the system remains increasingly asymmetrical as Africa’s position has not changed at the decline of US hegemony. Policy recommendations and conclusions were drawn.

Keywords: International System, Inequality, Hegemony, Development, Africa


Cite This Article As: Imoh-Ita I, Amadi L (2016). Africa and Inequality in the International System at Post US Hegemony: A Modern World System Perspective. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 4(1): 31-43






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