University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Most interpreters of modernity have argued that modern politics is ideological and consen-sual. However, modern politics is not always a struggle for ideological consensus, but that itinvolves a struggle for «hegemony». This article describes the three main differences betweenstruggles for ideological consensus and hegemonic struggles. In addition, this article dealswith the question of how a particular hegemony is established, maintained or challenged.
Keywords: hegemony, consensus, ideology, political theory.