John Agnew

John Agnew
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA · Department of Geography

About

314
Publications
138,698
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
12,337
Citations
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - May 2015
Queen's University Belfast
Position
  • Visiting Professor of Political Geography
August 1995 - present
University of California, Los Angeles
Position
  • Professor (Full)
August 1975 - August 1995
Syracuse University
Position
  • Research Assistant

Publications

Publications (314)
Article
Full-text available
In the modern state system, territories and borders give meaning to each other in the sense that borders delimit territorialized sovereign power. Conventional political-geographic perspectives hold that territoriality — the management and control of space — is a state strategy that can be turned on and off. There is no denying that territorial prin...
Article
Full-text available
This article examines China's role in the emerging markets debt crisis as a result of the explosion of its lending followed by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, we focus on China's official lending to countries that have signed on as partners of China's Belt Road Initiative (BRI) given the high likelihood, in light of the pandemic, of a...
Article
The US federal government has been widely criticized for its response to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Much of the poor response and outcome has been ascribed to President Trump’s personal failure. Yet more importantly this failure has been of the US governmental system. More specifically, the role of the federal government in fashioning natio...
Article
Arguably, one of the major innovations in social science beginning in the 1970 s was Immanuel Wallerstein’s discovery of what he called the “modern world-system.” This was the idea of a progressively global capitalist world-economy spreading out from Western Europe and structured geographically to exploit peripheral areas for the benefit of a capit...
Article
The regions–cohesion nexus focuses on how much people and place “prosperity” cannot be readily distinguished but are intimately connected. After reviewing some older sources on this logic, the article examines the current status of social cohesion within the European Union and what the future might hold depending on how much a crucial balance betwe...
Article
Research on populism is animating academic debate in light of the growing global relevance of populist parties and ideologies as well as of the recent events that have radically affected the conceptualization of the border, security, and politics nexus. Until recently, the contribution of political geography and border studies to the analysis of po...
Article
Across the world, established and emergent liberal democracies are under challenge from so‐called populist movements. This entry explores the contemporary usage of the term “populism” and the nature of the political movements to which it is applied. It also addresses the question of “the people” as assumed in many versions of populism and how the g...
Article
Geopolitics is 25 years old. In this Forum former editors reflect on the journey the journal has taken in those 25 years and the wider discipline (or disciplines) in which the journal sits. Alongside a recounting of how the journal came into existence and its name change to just ‘Geopolitics’, the editors reflect on the resurgence and increasingly...
Article
President Donald Trump has been the public face of the blundering managerial response of the US federal government to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, beyond Trump’s personal failure lies a failure of the US governmental system. More specifically, the role of the federal government in fashioning nationwide policies across a range of areas, i...
Chapter
Notwithstanding his popular image among film critics and the public as a surrealist and/or postmodernist whose films inhabit worlds other than our own, it is precisely the immersion in specific locales that anchors the flights of fancy for which Fellini is famous. After a brief discussion of what I mean by “sense of place,” I will review something...
Article
We briefly trace the claim that a set of counties across the three states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in large part determined the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Rather than the demographic characteristics of the Census as such it is the meaning that these categories (young/old, Black/White, male/female, and so on) take on...
Article
Full-text available
The UK referendum on leaving the European Union (EU) in 2016 was based around the issue of regaining a putative control or sovereignty that had been lost with membership in that supranational organization. Irrespective of the fact that many people seemed to vote in the referendum on the basis of attitudes towards questions not directly related to E...
Book
Brexit. Trump. LePen. The Five Star Movement. The recent success of populist movements and politicians is extraordinary. The rise of populism is understandable in light of increasing political polarization, disappointing politicians, and exhausting election campaigns. With the future trajectory of democracy uncertain, two important questions remain...
Article
Full-text available
Historical and conventional international relations (IR) frameworks describe the Belt Road Initiative (BRI) as representing a newly ambitious Chinese drive into global politics that positions China as moving away from its long-time reticence towards foreign entanglements. This raises a contradiction of China being at one and the same time both a de...
Article
Political geography is that part of human geography most directly involved with studying politics. It is a field of inquiry concerned with the geographical organization of governance, the ways in which geographical imaginations figure in world politics, and the spatial basis to political identities and associated political movements. The geopolitic...
Article
Full-text available
State formation worldwide has always involved significant attention to infrastructural and fiscal integration across the state territory. This process is often referred to as national integration. Its absence and/or the exacerbation of disparities between localities and provinces can lead to calls for secession or autonomy, particularly when allied...
Article
Full-text available
The year 2018 saw a moral panic in the United States in the media and among many citizens over the treatment of refugees/asylees at the U.S. southern border, particularly the separation and detention of children apart from their parents. This happened in the context of a period in U.S. political history in which “immigration,” without much discernm...
Article
Scottish nationalism has always had a ‘geographical problem’ in the sense that support for its central goal, the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom, has had much more backing in some regions and localities than it has had in others. In the 1970s and 1980s the geographical pattern to this support, at least as expressed in votes for the...
Article
India China: Rethinking Borders and Security. By L. H. M. Ling, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Payal Banerjee, Nimmi Kurian, Mahendra P. Lama, and Li Bo. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. 192p. $65.00 cloth. - Volume 15 Issue 4 - John Agnew
Article
Full-text available
Article
Full-text available
The essays collected in this forum discuss the geopolitical legacy of the Russian Revolution of 1917, one of the most momentous political events of the twentieth century. From a range of different academic disciplines and perspectives, the authors consider how the profound transformations in society and politics were refracted through space and geo...
Article
Political parties with conventional memberships and hierarchical structures are under challenge across electoral democracies from movements and candidates that claim they are “going to the people” directly for their support. Italy has been a laboratory for this populism even as the term itself is used more widely. The basic question of what the peo...
Chapter
Political geography is that part of human geography most directly involved with studying politics. It is a field of inquiry concerned with the geographical organization of governance, the ways in which geographical imaginations figure in world politics, and the spatial basis to political identities and associated political movements. The geopolitic...
Article
Full-text available
This article outlines how a materialist understanding of foreign policy predicated on contrasting sovereignty regimes might be applied to current conflicts between China and the United States and its allies in the South China Sea. A stark divergence between liberal and realist commentary, policy prescriptions, and policy practices has emerged in bo...
Article
Full-text available
Article
Power Politics and State Formation in the Twentieth Century: The Dynamics of Recognition. By Coggins Bridget . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 280p. $110.00 cloth, $29.99 paper. - Volume 14 Issue 1 - John Agnew
Article
Full-text available
Resumo An older European-Enlightenment geopolitical imagination was lost in the late nineteenth century with the rise of naturalized understandings of inter-state and imperial relations that saw states and empires in terms of biological competition conditioned by relative location on the earth’s surface. The word “geopolitics” emerged in that cont...
Chapter
Electoral outcomes in both established and new democracies alike generate a flurry of interest and analysis. However, the reasons to vote or not are varied. Herein lays a large part of the problem in trying to provide a single explanation for declining turnout for an entire country. In different places within a country different mixes of reasons ma...
Article
Full-text available
RESUMEN Dos historias sobre la crisis de la Eurozona han dominado los relatos académicos y populares en los últimos cinco años: 1) virtuosos países del norte de Europa frente a los derrochadores del sur, y 2) una mera exten-sión de la crisis bancaria de los años 2008-9 en el mercado de bonos de la Eurozona. Este artículo propone que la crisis econó...
Article
Full-text available
The “network” has gained widespread acceptance within economic geography as a metaphor for economic interaction. Consistent with a global production network (GPN) approach, extractive industries are deeply embedded in political structures, physical infrastructure, and environmental conditions. We advocate for a GPN framework that emphasizes the co-...
Research
Full-text available
Forthcoming in Geopolitica(s) 2015
Article
Full-text available
Two ideas have dominated discussion in recent studies of the social andpolitical impacts of globalization by those who think that globalization has had real e?ects and is not simply a synonym for the neo-liberal policies insti-tuted by many national governments beginning in the 1980s. The ?rst is the idea that everywhere in the world is becoming al...
Chapter
Full-text available
Article
Full-text available
1. Human Geography: The First Half Century 2. Long Live the Revolution! 3. Social Theory and Human Geography: Material Matters 4. Social Theory and Human Geography: Worlds of Meaning 5. New Understandings of Space 6. Methods in Question 7. Human Geography and How and Why Things Happen 8. Making Space for Human Geography in the Social Sciences 9. Ma...
Chapter
The dominant ways in which intellectuals and political elites around the world have come to think about world politics are not the result of either an open search for the best perspective or theory or a reflection of an essentially local perspective. The most prestigious repertoires of thinking about world politics represent the historical emergenc...
Article
Full-text available
Some of the most important geographical concepts—geopolitics, region, and territory—are often decoded according to the norms of the history of ideas, broadly construed. By this, I mean that their ‘genealogies’ as ideas are regarded as providing the key to unlocking their current meaning in relation to how the world works. As such they are thought o...
Article
I restate my argument as a critique of lexical conservatism and the so-called history of the present as a history of words. This leads to a discussion of what we mean by genealogy and agency in contemporary theoretical work. I then briefly respond to some of the key points raised by the commentators.
Book
Full-text available
Inequality and injustice have distinctively geographical aspects in modern Ireland. ''Spatial justice and the Irish Crisis'', describes and explains the socially, economically, and geographically differentiated outcomes of one of the most far-reaching economic calamities experienced by any developed country in the past century.
Article
Quand bien même le pouvoir politique serait territorial, la territorialité n’implique pas nécessairement les pratiques d’exclusion mutuelle totale que lui attribuent les conceptions dominantes de l’État moderne. Cependant, dans les théories des relations internationales, lorsqu’il est question de la territorialité d’un État, la discussion est presq...
Article
The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective. By Braumoeller Bear F. . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 297p. $90.00 cloth, $29.99 paper. - Volume 12 Issue 2 - John Agnew
Article
Full-text available
In this study, the authors use a political perspective to explore the relative global status of cities in China. Two questions are addressed. Firstly, by using international organizations as the subjects and quantitative analysis of the spatial distribution of their offices, the overall position of Chinese cities in the global distribution of inter...
Article
The territorial trap: The geographical assumptions of international relations theory Even when political rule is territorial, territoriality does not necessarily entail the practices of total mutual exclusion which dominant understandings of the modem territorial state attribute to it. However, when the territoriality of the state is debated by int...
Article
Full-text available
Writing regional narratives of the sort envisaged in this article is much more fraught with difficulties than acknowledged by its author. Four conditions are identified for avoiding the glib story telling that afflicts the genre: reflecting on the limits of previous narratives, particularly the foundational myth of the disinterested observer of tim...
Article
Full-text available
Climate models project continued Arctic sea ice reductions with nearly ice-free summer conditions by the mid-21st century. However, how such reductions will realistically enable marine access is not well understood, especially considering a range of climatic scenarios and ship types. We present 21st century projections of technical shipping accessi...
Article
The center-periphery metaphor is an important element in a number of intellectual traditions in urban geography. From the late 1950s studies of the sociospatial structure of Rome, Italy, viewed the city in terms of a socially and politically powerful center producing an exploited and subjugated periphery of inferior housing and services inhabited b...
Article
Full-text available
Article
In this chapter, seven specific aspects of nationalism, which define the main features of contemporary debate and dissent, are discussed to illustrate the ways in which nationalism currently figures in cultural geography and closely allied fields. To geographers, the most outstanding feature of nationalism is its unvarying claim to a territorial ho...
Article
As a field, geography has always been a prisoner of its times, no more obviously so than today. Texts from the past fail to speak to today's concerns. Now we are more interested in the fashionable than in the canonical.
Article
Full-text available
This paper provides a general framework to conceptualize and study geography in political science. We begin with a discussion of what is geography? We introduce two important but distinctive conceptions of space/place that often confuse political scientists. We offer a general perspective on how and why geography matters and review some of the rece...
Article
A prominent political and human geographer outlines a way of thinking about China's "place in the world" that is based on a penetrating examination of how influential Chinese thinkers and politicians use analogies to China's past historical practices and geographical forms as sources of inspiration for contemporary and future directions in Chinese...
Article
Full-text available
Agnew J. A. Arguing with regions, Regional Studies. An analytical survey of how regions have entered into the arguments of the social sciences serves to highlight the uses and limitations of different understandings of regions and their various theoretical biases. It also provides a way of introducing the articles in the rest of this special issue....

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
Book reviewing conventional geopolitical and geoeconomic positions and providing an alternative to them.