A society is a large group of people who live together in an organized way. The IIR studies the international political and economic organization of contemporary societies in the global world. As societies are characterized by patterns of their social relations, we primarily analyse their interactions as states in international relations. Besides the national patterns, in our analyses we also include other social patterns such as class, gender, religious or racial relations, which transcend the nation states to shape the global politics and economy. Therefore, social groups and networks ranging from national and global elites to popular and global protest movements are included in our research.