Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Neoliberal Hegemony: a Global Critique

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Dieter Plehwe, Bernhard Walpen, Gisela Neunhöffer
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - 294pages

Neoliberalism is fast becoming the dominant ideology of our age, yet politicians, businessmen and academics rarely identify themselves with it and even political forces critical of it continue to carry out neoliberal policies around the globe. How can we make sense of this paradox? Who actually are "the neoliberals"? This is the first explanation of neoliberal hegemony, which systematically considers and analyzes the networks and organizations of around 1.000 self conscious neoliberal intellectuals organized in the Mont Pelerin Society. This book challenges simplistic understandings of neoliberalism. It underlines the variety of neoliberal schools of thought, the various approaches of its proponents in the fight for hegemony in research and policy development, political and communication efforts, and the well funded, well coordinated, and highly effective new types of knowledge organizations generated by the neoliberal movement: partisan think tanks. It also closes an important gapin the growing literature on "private authority', presenting new perspectives on transnational civil society formation processes. This fascinating new book will be of great interest to students of international relations, political economy, globalization and politics.

Multilevel Governance

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Ian Bache, Matthew V. Flinders, Matthew Flinders
Oxford University Press, 2005 - 237pages

This unique collection brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines to assess and critique the key concept of multi-level governance. This is a concept which has been widely adopted to explain the changing nature of domestic and international politics ever since its early application to the EU.

Normative Theory in International Relation

Normative Theory in International Relation

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Molly Cochran

Cambridge University Pers
334 pages

Observing International Relation: Niklas Luhmann and World Politics

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Mathias Albert, Lena Hilkermeier
Routledge, 2004 - 254pages

Do theories of world society provide viable alternatives to the notion of an "international system"? Observing International Relationsdraws upon the modern systems theory of society, developed by Niklas Luhmann, to provide new perspectives on central aspects of contemporary world society and to generate theoretically informed insights on the possibilities and limits of regulation in global governance. Consisting of three parts, the authors develop a Luhmannian theory of world society by contrasting it with competing notions of international society, critically discussing the use of modern systems theory in international relations theory and assessing its treatment of central concepts within international relations, such as power, sovereignty, governance and war. The book will appeal to both sociologists and international relations specialists interested in the application of sociological theories to social contexts beyond the nation state.

Political Theory and International Relation

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Charles R. Beitz
Princeton University Press, 1999 - 248pages

In this revised edition of his 1979 classic Political Theory and International Relations, Charles Beitz rejects two highly influential conceptions of international theory as empirically inaccurate and theoretically misleading. In one, international relations is a Hobbesian state of nature in which moral judgments are entirely inappropriate, and in the other, states are analogous to persons in domestic society in having rights of autonomy that insulate them from external moral assessment and political interference. Beitz postulates that a theory of international politics should include a revised principle of state autonomy based on the justice of a state's domestic institutions, and a principle of international distributive justice to establish a fair division of resources and wealth among persons situated in diverse national societies.

Ontological Security in International Relation: Self-Identity and the IR State

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Brent J. Steele
Routledge, 2008 - 215pages

The central assertion of this book is that states pursue social actions to serve self-identity needs, even when these actions compromise their physical existence. Three forms of social action, sometimes referred to as a??motivesa?? of state behaviour (moral, humanitarian, and honour-driven) are analyzed here through an ontological security approach. Brent J. Steele develops an account of social action which interprets these behaviours as fulfilling a nation-state's drive to secure self-identity through time. The anxiety which consumes all social agents motivates them to secure their sense of being, and thus he posits that transformational possibilities exist in the a??Selfa?? of a nation-state. The volume consequently both challenges and complements realist, liberal, constructivist and post-structural accounts to international politics. Using ontological security to interpret three cases - British neutrality during the American Civil War (1861-1865), Belgiuma??s decision to fightGermany in 1914, and NATOa??s (1999) Kosovo intervention - the book concludes by discussing the importance for self-interrogation in both the study and practice of international relations. Ontological Security in International Relations will be of particular interest to students and researchers of international politics, international ethics, international relations and security studies.

Peace in International Relation

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Oliver P. Richmond
Routledge, 2008 - 218pages

This book examines the way in which peace is conceptualized in IR theory, a topic which has until now been largely overlooked.The volume explores the way peace has been implicitly conceptualized within the different strands of IR theory, and in the policy world as exemplified through practices in the peacebuilding efforts since the end of the Cold War. Issues addressed include the problem of how peace efforts become sustainable rather than merely inscribed in international and state-level diplomatic and military frameworks. The book also explores themes relating to culture, development, agency and structure. It explores in particular the current mantras associated with the 'liberal peace', which appears to have become a foundational assumption of much of mainstream IR and the policy world.

Analyzing war has often led to the dominance of violence as a basic assumption in, and response to, the problems of international relations. This book aims to redress the balance by arguing that IR now in fact offers a rich basis for the study of peace.

Mastering Space: Hegemony, Territory and International Political Economy

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John A. Agnew, Stuart Corbridge
Routledge, 1995 - 260pages

For two hundred years, the domination of some countries by others has been intrinsic to international relations, with national economic and political strength viewed as essential to a nation's survival and global position. Mastering Space maps paths out of the tangle of international relations by identifying the essential features of this "state-centredness" and suggests an optimistic alternative more in keeping with the contemporary post-Cold War climate. Drawing on recent geopolitical thinking, the authors claim that the dynamism of the international political economy has been obscured by excessive attention on the state as an unchanging actor. Dealing with such topical issues as Japan's rise to economic dominance and the US's perceived decline, as well as the global impact of continued geographical change, the book discusses the role of geographical organization in the global political economy and the impact of increasing economic globalization and political fragmentation infuture international relations. The authors identify the present time as crucial to the global political economy, and explore the possibilities of moving the world from mastering space to real reciprocity between people and places.

Meaning and International Relation

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Peter G. Mandaville, Andrew J. Williams
Routledge, 2003 - 186 pages

The question of how one defines the central meaning of international relations is the focus of this edited volume. The contributors adopt a variety of theoretical perspectives drawing on postmodernism, feminism, Islam, classical realist theory and ethnopolitics.

Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics

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Richard MacKay Price
Cambridge University Press, 2008 - 309pages

At what point can we concede that the realities of world politics require that moral principles be compromised, and how do we know when a real ethical limit has been reached? This volume gathers leading constructivist scholars to explore the issue of moral limit and possibility in global political dilemmas. The contributors examine pressing ethical challenges such as sanctions, humanitarian intervention, torture, the self-determination of indigenous peoples, immigration, and the debate about international criminal tribunals and amnesties in cases of atrocity. Their analyses entail theoretical and empirical claims about the conditions of possibility and limits of moral change in world politics, therefore providing insightful leverage on the ethical question of 'what ought we to do?' This is a valuable contribution to the growing field of normative theory in International Relations and will appeal to scholars and advanced students of international ethics and political theory.

Moralizing International Relation: Called to Account

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Ariel Colonomos
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 261pages

The end of the cold war politics and the fall of the Berlin wall have had major ethical consequences. In the 90s Ethics have become a rallying point for non-state actors and experts who gather around values and norms in order to oblige institutions to justify their behavior. This process is the result of different changes, the transformation of the international system, the individualization of Western societies and the growing importance of expertise in the justification of decisions in risk adverse societies. Along with the globalization of the economy and the formation of new political coalitions, global ethics are the pillar of our era of international ‘turbulence’.

International Relation, Political Theory and the Problem of Order: Beyond International Relations Theory?

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Nicholas J. Rengger
Routledge, 2000 - 232 pages

At the turn of the millennium, and now after the fall of the Berlin wall, the best way to map the trajectories of contemporary international relations is hotly contested. Is the world more or less ordered than during the cold war? Are we on the way to a neo-liberal era of free markets and global governance, or in danger of collapsing into a new Middle Ages? Are we on the verge of a new world order or are we slipping back into an old one?

These issues are amongst those that have dominated International Relations Theory in the late 1980s and 1990s, but they have their roots in older questions both about the appropriate ways to study international relations and about the general frameworks and normative assumptions generated by various different methodological approaches. This book seeks to offer a general interpretation and critique of both methodolgical and substantive aspects of International theory, and in particular to argue that International Relations theory has seperated itself from the concerns of political theory more generally at considerable cost to each.

Focussing intially on the 'problem of order' in international politics, the book suggests that International Relations theory in the twentieth century had adopted two broad families of approaches, the first of which seeks to find ways of 'managing' order in international relations and the second of which seeks to 'end' the problem of order. It traces three specific sets of responses to the problem of order within the first approach, which emphasize 'balance', 'society' and 'institutions' and outlines two responses within the second grouping, an emphasis on emancipation and an emphasis on limits.

Finally, the book assesses the state of International Relations theory today and suggests an alternative way of reading the problem of order which generates a different trajectory for theory in the twenty first century.

International System in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations

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Barry Buzan, Richard Little
Oxford University Press, 2000 - 452pages

This book tells the story of mankind's evolution from a scattering of hunter-gatherer bands to today's integrated global international political economy. Seeking to emulate and challenge the cross-disciplinary influence of the world systems model, the book recasts the study of international relations into a macro-historical perspective, shows how its core concepts work across time, and sets out a new theoretical agenda and a new intellectual role for the discipline.

Interregionalism and International Relation

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Heiner Hänggi, Ralf Roloff, Jürgen Rüland
Routledge, 2006 - 364pages

Over the last two decades, globalization and regionalization have led to the emergence of an increasingly differentiated multi-level system of global governance. One characteristic of this system is the growing level of interaction among regional organization and these interregional relations constitute a novelty in international relations, one that varies greatly in form, in function and in level of institutionalization. Interregionalism and International Relationsis the first attempt to summarize the state of the art in this rich new field of international relations research. It provides a comprehensive, theory-guided introduction into the numerous facets of this new phenomenon. Following a theoretical explanation and a typology of interregional relations, subsequent parts of the book examine key contacts between major world regions such as Asia and American, Asia and Europe, America and Europe, and Africa and Europe. This book also presents comparative analysis and borderline cases thattranscend the standard manifestations of interregionalism. With high-level contributors noted for their expertise in international relations and their expertise in interregion relations, this volume will appeal to political science scholars, diplomats and those with an interest in global and regional diplomacy.

Introduction to Global Politics

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Richard W. Mansbach, Kirsten L. Rafferty
Routledge, 2007 - 838pages

This major new textbook introduces students to the key changes in current global politics in order to help them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world. The emphasis on change in global politics helps students to recognize that genuinely new developments require citizens to change their beliefs and that new problems may appear even as old ones disappear. It is designed to encourage students to think ahead in new, open-minded ways, even as they come to understand the historical roots of the present. Key features: explains global politics using an historical approach assesses several types of theory so that students become aware of what theory is and why it is necessary for understanding global politics presents key aspects of global politics including the development of the nation-state, power, international law, war, foreign policy, security, terrorism, international organization, international political economy, the global south, theenvironment and globalization extensive pedagogy to reinforce learning - student activities, visual materials, definitions of key terms and names, learning boxes, cultural materials, key documents, annotated bibliography and website addresses (support website with lecturers' materials, datasets and updates). Introduction to Global Politics will be essential reading for students of political science, global politics and international relations.

Internationalism and the State in the Twentieth Century

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Cornelia Navari
Routledge, 2000 - 373pages

During the twentieth century, formal links between governments have become much more intense, reflecting a growing emphasis on internationalism and the world community. There has been a multi-layered transformation in the relations between states, at both a social and a diplomatic level.

This has resulted in, amongst other changes, an increase in the number of international organisations and collective security arrangements and an expansion in international law. This text examines closely the developmentof this phenomenon, from its roots before the founding of the League of Nations in 1919 to its present day forms.

Issues in International Relation

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Trevor C. Salmon, Mark Imber
Taylor & Francis, 2008 - 280pages

Issues in International Relations 2nd ed. is a clear and simple, but stimulating, introduction to the most significant issues within international relations in the 21st Century. Written by experienced teachers in a jargon-free way, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and allows students approaching International Relations for the first time to gain confidence in what is an often complicated and confusing discipline. Completely revised throughout with the addition of ten new chapters, this textbook; introduces key conceptual issues, including theories of international relations, power, sovereignty and globalisation considers contemporary global problems such as: force and security; law and military intervention; terrorism; the environment; religion explains the relationship between global politics and economics with chapters on international organisations, international poltical economy and development provides students with boxed 'revision-style' notes and case studies throughout the text and a guide to further reading and websites at the end of each chapter This is ideal reading for students onintroductory international relations courses.

Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction

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Todd Landman
Routledge, 2008 - 362pages

Building on the strengths of the second edition, this highly regarded textbook continues to provide the best introduction to the strategies of comparative research in political science. Divided into three parts, the book begins by examining different methods, applying these methods to dominant issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples from around the world, and then discusses the new challenges in the area. New to this edition: features explanation of regression analysis with accompanied briefing boxes new discussion of the assumptions, research design, and the use of statistics characteristic of many-country comparisons single and multi-country studies - how to compare countries and address problems of comparison, especially the principles for selecting countries new chapter on the intersection between international relations and comparative politics all chapters have been updated with new publications and research output relevant to the discussion. Balancing reader friendly featureswith high quality analysis makes this popular academic text essential reading for everyone interested comparative politics and research methods.

Justice, Community and Dialogue in International Relation

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Richard Shapcott
Cambridge University Press, 2001 - 260pages

This book is concerned with the issue of cultural diversity and international morality. The author asks whether cultural diversity presents an obstacle to the development of ethical codes which could be acceptable to cultures around the world. He argues that the human capacity to engage in conversation and the ability to understand each other despite linguistic and cultural differences can provide the basis for the development of a world-wide, cosmopolitian moral community. Conversation can be a moral act, in which participants treat each other as equals despite their differences.

Left and Right in Global Politics

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Alain Noël, Jean-Philippe Thérien
Cambridge University Press, 2008 - 251pages

Argues that the left-right divide in politics connects the local, national and global into a world debate that, for more than two centuries, has structured domestic and international affairs. The authors contend that the opposition between left and right is here to stay.

Liberalism and War: the Victors and the Vanquished

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Andrew J. Williams
Routledge, 2006 - 263pages

Military power is now the main vehicle for regime change, the US army has been used on more than 30 different occasions in the post-Cold War world compared with only 10 during the Cold War era. Andrew Williams provides a detailed study on liberal thinking over the last century about how wars should be ended, using a vast range of historical archival material from diplomatic, other official and personal papers and placing his study within the debates that have emerged in political theory. He examines the main strategies used at the end and in the aftermath of wars by liberal states to consolidate their liberal gains and to prevent the re-occurrence of wars with those states they have fought. He also explores how various strategies: revenge; restitution; reparation; restraint; retribution; reconciliation; and reconstruction, have been used by liberal states not only to defeat their enemies but also transform them. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers studying war,conflict, liberalism and international relations.

Literature and International Relation: Stories in the Art of Diplomacy

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Paul Sheeran
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - 208pages

Making a strong case for the relevance of literary production to understanding international relations, this persuasive volume highlights the potential rewards of developing a methodology to bring literature to bear on a discipline which has tended to neglect fictional sources. Paul Sheeran considers the deep insight that can be gained from the study of key works in fiction and literature to enhance knowledge of the social forces shaping world affairs.While there are numerous relevant works, the author has carefully selected multi-faceted and colourful sources of material to explore developments in contemporary global issues such as the demise of the Soviet Union, the attack on the World Trade Centre, infectious diseases and human conflict. This exciting book enthusiastically breaks new ground and is highly suitable for courses on international relations, cultural studies and literature.

International Relation Theory : A Critical Introduction

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Cynthia Weber
Routledge, 2005 - 199pages

The new edition of this innovative textbook introduces students to the main theories in international relations. It explains and analyzes each theory, allowing students to understand and critically engage with the myths and assumptions behind them. Each theory is illustrated using the example of a popular film. Key features of this textbook include: * discussion of all the main theories: realism and neo-realism, idealism and neo-idealism, liberalism, constructivism, postmodernism, gender and globalization * two new chapters on the 'clash of civilizations' and Hardt and Negri'sEmpire * innovative use of narratives from films that students will be familiar with:Lord of the Flies, Independence Day, Wag the Dog, Fatal Attraction, The Truman Show, East is EastandMemento * an accessible and exciting writing style which is well-illustrated with film stills, boxed key concepts and guides to further reading. This breakthrough textbook has been designed to unravelthe complexities of international relations theory in a way that allows students a clearer idea of how the theories work and the myths that are associated with them.

International Relation Theory and Ecological Thought: Towards a Synthesis

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Éric Laferrière, Peter John Stoett
Routledge, 1999 - 209pages

Has the fact that environmental problems require international co-ordination affected eco-philosophy? This is the first book to show how international relations theory relates to ecological thought. It asks whether the environmental crises faced by scholars and policy makers have induced significant changes in perspective, and whether or not international politics theorists have reflected such shifts.

International Relation Theory for the Twenty First Century: an Introduction

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Martin Griffiths
Routledge, 2007 - 184pages

International Relations theory has been the site of intense debate in recent years. A decade ago it was still possible to divide the field between three main perspectives ? Realism, Liberalism, and Marxism. Not only have these approaches evolved in new directions, they have been joined by a number of new ?isms? vying for attention, including feminism and constructivism. International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century is the first comprehensive textbook to provide an overview of all the most important theories within international relations. Written by an international team of experts in the field, the book covers both traditional approaches, such as realism and liberal internationalism, as well as new developments such as constructivism, poststructuralism and postcolonialism. The book?s comprehensive coverage of IR theory makes it the ideal textbook for teachers and students who want an up-to-date survey of the rich variety of theoretical work and for readers with no priorexposure to the subject.

International Relation Theory: A Critical Introduction

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Cynthia Weber
Routledge, 2005 - 199pages

The new edition of this innovative textbook introduces students to the main theories in international relations. It explains and analyzes each theory, allowing students to understand and critically engage with the myths and assumptions behind them. Each theory is illustrated using the example of a popular film. Key features of this textbook include: * discussion of all the main theories: realism and neo-realism, idealism and neo-idealism, liberalism, constructivism, postmodernism, gender and globalization * two new chapters on the 'clash of civilizations' and Hardt and Negri'sEmpire * innovative use of narratives from films that students will be familiar with:Lord of the Flies, Independence Day, Wag the Dog, Fatal Attraction, The Truman Show, East is EastandMemento * an accessible and exciting writing style which is well-illustrated with film stills, boxed key concepts and guides to further reading. This breakthrough textbook has been designed to unravelthe complexities of international relations theory in a way that allows students a clearer idea of how the theories work and the myths that are associated with them.

International Relation : The Key Concepts

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Martin Griffiths, Terry O'Callaghan, Steven C. Roach
Routledge, 2008 - 407pages

Featuring over twenty new entries, International Relations: The Key Concepts, now in its second edition, is the essential guide for anyone interested in international affairs. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it introduces the most important themes in international relations in the post 9/11 era.Key areas cover international criminal law, human rights, the developing world (the Arab League, African Union), globalization and strategic studies. New entries include:

    * the English School
    * the Digital Divide
    * the War on Terror
    * the Bush Doctrine
    * the International Criminal Court
    * legitimacy
    * global warming
    * unilateralism
    * the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Featuring suggestions for further reading as well as a unique guide to web sites on international relations, this accessible guide is an invaluable aid to an understanding of this expanding field and is ideal for the student and non-specialist alike.

Governance, Order and the International Criminal Court: Between Real Politik and a Cosmopolitan Court

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Steven C. Roach
Oxford University Press, 2009 - 289pages

Since entering into force in July 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has emerged as one of the most intriguing models of global governance. This innovative edited volume investigates the challenges facing the ICC, including the dynamics of politicized justice, US opposition, an evolving and flexible institutional design, the juridification of political evil, negative and positive global responsibility, the apparent conflict between peace and justice, and the cosmopolitanization of law. It argues that realpolitik has tested the ICC's capacity in a mostly positive manner and that the ambivalence between realpolitik and justice constitutes a novel predicament for extending global governance. The arguments of each essay are framed by a timely and original approach designed to assess the nuanced relationship between realpolitik and global justice. The approach - which interweaves four International Relations approaches, rationalism, constructivism, communicative action theory, and moral cosmopolitanism - is guided by the metaphor of the switch levers of train tracks, in which the Prosecutor and Judges serve as the pivotal agents switching the (crisscrossing) tracks of realpolitik and cosmopolitanism. With this visual aid, this volume of essays shows just how the ICC has become one of the most fascinating points of intersection between law, politics, and ethics.

Gramsci, Political Economy and International Relation Theory: Modern Princes and Naked Emperors

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Alison J. Ayers
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 258pages

This book seeks to provide the most comprehensive and sustained engagement and critique of neo-Gramscian analyses available in the literature. In examining neo-Gramscian analyses in IR/IPE, the book engages with two fundamental concerns in international relations: (i) the question of historicity and (ii) the analysis of radical transformation.

Global Politics as if People Mattered

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Mary Ann Tétreault, Ronnie D. Lipschutz
Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - 259pages

Now in a fully updated and revised edition, this concise and engaging text introduces global politics and international relations with an emphasis on the _social individual._ Using practical examples as well as theory, the authors show students how they can take charge of their lives and the politics that affect them, even in the context of a vast global economy and impersonal international forces that sometimes seem out of control. Filled with idealism, yet firmly grounded in current realities, Global Politics as if People Mattered is a fresh take on the proper place and potential of individuals in world politics-front and center, actively engaged in a way of life that is as politically personal as it is politically powerful.

Hans J Morgenthau's Theory of International Relation: Disenchantment and Re-Enchantment

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Mihaela Neacsu
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - 288pages

"This book provides an innovative interpretation of Hans J. Morgenthaus contribution to international relations, and argues that the concepts of meaning, power as meaning imposition, disenchantment and re-enchantment are central to Morgenthaus theory"--Pr

Hegemony: A Realist Analysis

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Jonathan Joseph
Why is hegemony an essential feature of society? Hegemony: A Realist Analysisis a new and original approach to this important concept. It presents a theoretical history of the use of hegemony in a range of work starting with a discussion of Gramsci and Russian Marxism and going on to look at more recent applications. It examines the current debates and discusses the new direction to Marx made by Jacques Derrida, before outlining a critical realist / Marxist alternative. This book presents a new understanding of hegemony based on a distinction between actual hegemonic project and a deeper, underlying, structural hegemony. The move away from purely intersubjective and culturalist readings of the concept are reinforced with studies of its objectivity, its relation to ideology and concepts of time and space, and most importantly, its role in the process of social reproduction and transformation. The book also contains a detailed discussion of recent political/economic developments and thedebates around post-Fordism, globalization and international relations. This analysis shifts from the surface level operation of hegemony to the underlying social condition under which this operation takes place. It suggests that as well as being represented by hegemonic projects, hegemony also exists at a deeper, more structural level, concerned with the unity of the social formation.

Hegemonyemploys critical realist philosophy in an explanatory way to help clarify the concept of hegemony and its relation to societal processes. This work contributes to recent debates in social science and political philosophy, developing both the concept of hegemony itself, and the work of critical realism.

History and International Relation

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Thomas W. Smith
Routledge, 1999 - 227pages

This book is a major contribution to the debate about philosophy and method in history and international relations. The author analyses IR scholarship from classical realism to quantitative and postmodern work.

Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion

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Richard Howson, Kylie Smith
Routledge, 2008 - 244pages

The originality and depth of Gramsci's theory of hegemony is now evidenced in the wide-ranging intellectual applications within a growing corpus of research and writings that include social, political and cultural theory, historical interpretation, gender and globalization. The reason that hegemony has been so widely and diversely adopted lies in the unique way that Gramsci formulated the 'problematics' of structure/superstructure, coercion/consensus, materialism/idealism and regression/progression within the concept hegemony. However, in much of the contemporary literature the full complexity of hegemony is either obfuscated or ignored. Hegemony , through comprehensive and systematic analyses of Gramsci's formulation, a picture of hegemony as a complex syncretism of these dichotomies. In other words, hegemony is presented as a concept that is as much about aspiration and progressive politico-social relations as it is about regressive and dominative processes. Thus, the volumerecognises and presents this complexity through a selection of contemporary theoretical as well as historico-social investigations that mark a significantly innovative moment in the work on hegemony.

Humanitarian Intervention and International Relation

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Jennifer M. Welsh
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 234pages

Should states use military force for humanitarian purposes? Well known scholars and professionals come together in this book to provide practical and theoretical answers to this burning question. Case studies include Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and East Timor, as well as the recent U.S. intervention in Afghanistan.

Identities, Borders, Orders: Rethinking International Relations Theory

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Mathias Albert, David Jacobson, Yosef Lapid
U of Minnesota Press, 2001 - 349pages

Informed by current debates in social theory, Identities, Borders, Orders brings together a multinational group of respected scholars to seek and encourage imaginative adaptations and recombinations of concepts, theories, and perspectives across disciplinary lines. These contributors take up a variety of substantive, theoretical, and normative issues such as migration, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, democracy, and security. Together, their essays contribute significantly to our understanding of sovereignty, national identity, and borders.

International Relation and Third Debate: Postmodernism and Its Critics

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Darryl S. L. Jarvis
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 209pages

Jarvis provides a collection of essays designed to survey the issues, debates, themes, and points of contention surrounding postmodernist and poststructuralist thought in international relations and the "Third Debate." It serves as an introduction to these new theoretical mediums, and as a critique to highlight weaknesses, problems, or concerns that arise in the context of perspectivism, interpretivism, postfoundationalism, relativism, ethics, and knowledge. In the fullest sense, the essays are concerned with assessing what postmodern and poststructural theories can contribute to international relations and the study of world politics. The approach of Jarvis and his contributors is exploratory as well as pedagogical. They anticipate that explorations into the conundrum of understanding and explaining world politics will help students and other researchers beginning their own such investigations to form some tentative questions and, perhaps, even answers of their own. Provocative reading for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with political science theory and international relations.

International Relation in Uncommon Places: Indigeneity, Cosmology, and the Limits of International Theory

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J. Marshall Beier
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - 272 pages

The central claim developed in this book is that disciplinary International Relations is identifiable as both an advanced colonial practice and a postcolonial subject. The book explores how IR has internalized many of the enabling narratives of colonialism in the Americas, evinced most tellingly in its failure to take notice of indigenous peoples. More fundamentally, IR is read as a knowing hegemonic Western voice that, owing to its universalist pretensions, asserts its knowledge to the exclusion of all others.

International Relation In Europe: Traditions, Perspectives and Destinations

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Knud Erik Jørgensen, Tonny Brems Knudsen
Routledge, 2006 - 273pages
This book critically examines the discipline of International Relations in Europe. It presents the state of the art, focusing particularly on international relations theory and theoretical debates in Western and Central European countries. The authors seek to strengthen knowledge about different ways of cultivating the discipline; to intensify pan-European communication concerning IR theory; to contribute to improving the quality of theorising; and finally to consider future directions for the discipline in Europe. The main issues addressed include the historical development of the discipline; factors driving IR theorizing; the institutional and cultural context of theorizing; "homegrown" theory-building vs. theory import; patterns of traditional and new discourse; and the diversity of disciplinary traditions. This will be a key volume for everyone interested in International Relations and IR theory, particularly those with an interest in Europe.

Culture and International Relation: Narratives, Natives, and Tourists

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Julie Reeves
Routledge, 2004 - 221pages

Culture is a popular and powerful, though often unacknowledged, idea in international relations. However, where it was once used to foster mutual understandings, in the post-Cold War era it became synonymous with ways of life that clashed. Culture and International Relations provides an historical survey of the development of the idea of culture form the perspective of international relations (IR).

It crucially demonstrates that, far from being a neglected subject in IR, culture has been important throughout the discipline's history. The author identifies two distinct concepts of culture-the humanist and the anthropological-and uses a contextual methodology to track its changing meaning across the twentieth century from cultural internationalism to the clash of cultures. This innovative volume examines the implications of culture for IR and controversially challenges the current dominant ideology of culture in the international relations, arguing that-contrary to popular belief, and someprominent international theory-it is not obvious that everyone has culture or even that culture exists. Throwing light on how we should think about people and their differences in the contemporary world, this book will be relevant to everyone working in international relations.

Ethics, Liberalism and Realism in International Relation

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Mark D. Gismondi
Routledge, 2007 - 278 pages

P This book explores the complex issue of international ethics in the two dominant schools of thought in international relations; Liberalism and Realism. /P P Both theories suffer from an inability to integrate the ethical and pragmatic dimensions of foreign policy. Liberal policy makers often suffer from moral blindness and a tendency toward coercion in the international arena, whilst realists tend to be epistemic sceptics, incorporating Nietzsche's thought, directly or indirectly, into their theories.

Mark Gismondi seeks to resolve the issues in these two approaches by adopting a covenant based approach, as described by Daniel Elazar's work on the covenant tradition in politics, to international relations theory. /P P The covenant approach has three essential principles: /P UL P LI policy makers must have a sense of realism about the existence of evil and its political consequences must be shared and limited /LI LI liberty requires a basis in shared values.

Ethics,Realism and Liberalism in International Relations /EM will be of interest to students and researchers of politics, philosophy, ethics and international relations

European Approach to International Relation Theory: a House With Many Mansions

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Jörg Friedrichs
Routledge, 2004 - 206pages

A well-established community of American scholars has long dominated the discipline of international relations. Recently, however, certain strands of continental theorizing are being introduced into the mainstream. This is a critical examination of European approaches to international relations theory, suggesting practical ways of challenging manistream thought. Freidrichs presents a detailed sociological analysis of knowledge production in existing European IR communities, namely France, Italy and Scandinavia. He also discusses a selection of European schools and approaches.

Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics

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Peter J. Katzenstein, Robert Owen Keohane, Stephen D. Krasner
MIT Press, 1999 - 421pages

Over the last thirty years, international political economy and international relations have become increasingly sophisticated, both empirically and theoretically. Realist, liberal, and constructivist theorists have developed research programs that yield new insights into some of the most perplexing areas of international politics: the interplay between conflict and cooperation, the impact of domestic political structures on foreign policy, the role of institutions, and the influence of worldviews and causal beliefs on decision-making. In exploring these developments, this book also considers them from the perspectives of security studies, organization theory, and economics.

This is a republication in book form of a special fiftieth anniversary issue of the journal International Organization.

Fifth Key Thinkers in International Relation

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Martin Griffiths, Steven C. Roach, M. Scott Solomon
Taylor & Francis, 2009 - 404pages

Now in its second edition, Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations has been thoroughly updated with several new entries and a new preface to reflect the latest developments. There are new sections on Constructivism, International Political Theory, and English School, as well as a range of new thinkers. They include:Samuel Huntington Christine Sylvester Jürgen Habermas John Rawls Barry BuzanFully cross-referenced throughout, this book has everything for students of politics and international relations or indeed anyone who wants to gain an understanding of how nations can work together successfully.

Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory: Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant, and Mazzini

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Martin Wight, Gabriele Wight, Brian Porter
Oxford University Press, 2005 - 166pages

Martin Wight was perhaps the most profound thinker in international relations of his generation. In a discipline for too long mesmerized by the pseudo-science of the historically and philosophically illiterate, his work stands out like a beacon. Yet it is only in the decades since his death that his achievement has attained its true recognition.

Of the first volume of posthumously published lectures-- International Theory: The Three Traditions (1991)--one reviewer wrote: '[it] stands as a classic in the genre of printed lectures stretching from Aristotle to Ruskin... It is exhilarating... for there is nothing quite like it and-- which is a measure of Martin Wight's stature--there is not likely to be'.

That volume is here complemented and completed. In these four lectures Wight takes the archetypal thinkers of this three traditions--Machiavelli, Grotius, and Kant--to whom he adds Mazzini, the father of all revolutionary nationalism, and so the prototype of such as Nehru, Nasser, and Mandela, and subjects their writings and careers to a masterly analysis and commentary. The volume also contains an important new introduction to Wight's thought by Professor David S. Yost.

Global Forces and State Restructuring: Dynamics of State Formation and Collapse

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Martin R. Doornbos
Palgrave Macmillian, 2006 - 225pages

This study probes into different dynamics in state-society relations which are key to an understanding of the contemporary world: processes of state formation, collapse and restructuring, all strongly influenced by globalisation in its various respects. Themes addressed include strategies of state construction, and trajectories of state decline, collapse and re-start. Particular attention is given to externally directed state restructuring and to resulting patterns in state-society relationships.

This interest also calls for examining the politics of statelessness and the dynamics of identity and power.

Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class, and The New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations

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Susanne Soederberg
Pluto Press, 2006 - 206 pages

"Global governance is the latest buzzword. Now comes a study that brings clarity and critical analysis to this ill-defined topic."
William I. Robinson, University of California-Santa Barbara

Global Governmentality: Governing International Space

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Wendy Larner, William Walters
Routledge, 2004 - 261pages

Foucault's thoughts on governmentality have made a significant impact on the studies of power and governance in modern societies. However, most studies of governmentality confine themselves to the exploration of power within nation-states. Global governmentality extends Foucault's political thought towards international studies, exploring the governance of the global, the international, the regional and many other extra-domestic spaces. Combining historical and contemporary outlooks, this book offers innovative interdisciplinary explorations of such issues as international peacekeeping, refugees, political rationalities of security and neo-liberalism, the spatiality of globalization, the genealogy of development, and the ethical governance of corporate activity. At a time when many of the geopolitical and economic certainties which framed international affairs are in flux,Global Governmentalityis suggestive of new territories and lines for international analysis. It will be of interestto students and researchers of both governmentality and international studies.

Global Instability and Strategic Crisis

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Neville Brown
Routledge, 2004 - 318pages

Global Instability and Strategic Crisisbrings new perspectives to current debates surrounding missile defence and argues that it should have a limited role only. Looking to the future, the author radically extends the customary remit of strategic studies in order to address the new world situation. This book explores the diverse factors - military, scientific, economic, social, ecological and cosmological - bearing upon the quest for stability and peace and anticipates future possibilities. The interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan are both discussed at some length while the Holy Land, Central Southern Africa, Indonesia, China and the Arctic are all seen as foci of special concern in their respective ways.

Thematically, the text addresses a raft of topics, among them the redefinition of terror; lethal lasers; internalised arms control; the non-weaponization of space; Guantanamo Bay; regional security pacts; latter-day Marshall plans; climate change; a ubiquitous urban crisis; instabilitylatent in Western society; a two-tier European Union; and pre-emption doctrine. Salience is given to the military and civil exploitation of space; biowarfare is treated as a singularly serious mass destruction threat.

This book will interest students and researchers of strategic studies, contemporary history and geophysics as well as policy-makers.

International Relation : The Key Concepts

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Martin Griffiths, Terry O'Callaghan, Steven C. Roach
Routledge, 2008 - 407 pages

Featuring over twenty new entries, International Relations: The Key Concepts, now in its second edition, is the essential guide for anyone interested in international affairs. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it introduces the most important themes in international relations in the post 9/11 era.

Key areas cover international criminal law, human rights, the developing world (the Arab League, African Union), globalization and strategic studies. New entries include:

    * the English School
    * the Digital Divide
    * the War on Terror
    * the Bush Doctrine
    * the International Criminal Court
    * legitimacy
    * global warming
    * unilateralism
    * the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Featuring suggestions for further reading as well as a unique guide to web sites on international relations, this accessible guide is an invaluable aid to an understanding of this expanding field and is ideal for the student and non-specialist alike.