The Problem of Categorization of the Geopolitical Status of the State in Modern Geopolitics


Nataliia Lepska


The following paper represents the review of the geopolitical status of the state as a category of geopolitics. The author introduces the comprehension dynamics of the geopolitical status of the state in the theories of classical geopolitics and modern researchers. The paper emphasizes the difficulties in categorizing the geopolitical status of the state as a subject of power distribution/redistribution, its resources and functions in the multidimensional geopolitical space. The concept of ‘geopolitical status of the state’ is clarified through an analysis of related concepts of ‘social status’, ‘legal status’, ‘political status’, as well as operationalization of the notion of ‘geopolitical space’. The author remarks with regard to the geopolitical status of the state, on the one hand, it structurally regulates the role configuration of the world order and allows the states to participate more effectively in the global competition. At the same time, on the other hand, it is often used as a manipulative technology in fixing the asymmetry of power relations between states in the ‘dominance – subordination’ format, as well as a technology of geopolitical stigmatization of states in their subjective marginalization.



Author Biography

Nataliia Lepska, Zaporizhzhia National University

Nataliia Lepska is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at Zaporizhzhia National University in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her most recent publications have appeared in the Armenian State Pedagogical University’s Journal Wisdom and the International Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences.


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