Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Eighty Years' Crisis: International Relation 1919-1999

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Ken Booth, Michael Cox, Timothy Dunne
Cambridge University Press, 1998 - 246pages

This book examines how the academic discipline of International Relations has conceptualized the world historical crisis that has shaped world affairs between the end of the First World War and the end of the 1990s. A distinguished group of contributors trace the development of the subject through the main historical periods and in relation to key debates: ethics, power and nationalism; conditions of peace; law and peaceful change; and globalization. It provides the most comprehensive survey of the discipline's past and the key issues to be faced in the future.

The State and International Relation

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John M. Hobson
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - 258 pages

This book provides students with a fresh overview of the main theories of the state found in International Relations. The author introduces readers to state theory, argues that existing theories of the state are limited, and proposes a new framework. In doing so, he surveys realist, liberal, Marxist, constructivist and neo-Weberian approaches to the state. The book offers readers a unique introduction to state theory in International Relations, and will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and politics, as well as International Relations.

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relation

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Michael Charles Williams
Cambridge University Press, 2005 - 236pages

Although thinkers such as Thucydides, Rousseau and Hobbes are considered central to the realist tradition, Michael Williams re-evaluates their positions. Arguing that such philosophers were not concerned with methodological issues of rationality and anarchy, as commonly interpreted, Williams asserts that they wanted to establish political practices for leaders which would ensure order. His original interpretation of major thinkers will interest scholars of international relations and the history of ideas.

After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council

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Ian Hurd
Princeton University Press, 2008 - 221pages

The politics of legitimacy is central to international relations. When states perceive an international organization as legitimate, they defer to it, associate themselves with it, and invoke its symbols. Examining the United Nations Security Council, Ian Hurd demonstrates how legitimacy is created, used, and contested in international relations. The Council's authority depends on its legitimacy, and therefore its legitimation and delegitimation are of the highest importance to states. Through an examination of the politics of the Security Council, including the Iraq invasion and the negotiating history of the United Nations Charter, Hurd shows that when states use the Council's legitimacy for their own purposes, they reaffirm its stature and find themselves contributing to its authority. Case studies of the Libyan sanctions, peacekeeping efforts, and the symbolic politics of the Council demonstrate how the legitimacy of the Council shapes world politics and how legitimated authority can be transferred from states to international organizations. With authority shared between states and other institutions, the interstate system is not a realm of anarchy. Sovereignty is distributed among institutions that have power because they are perceived as legitimate. This book's innovative approach to international organizations and international relations theory lends new insight into interactions between sovereign states and the United Nations, and between legitimacy and the exercise of power in international relations.

Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration: A Comparative Analysis of the Position Under English, US, German and French Law

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Kyriaki Noussia
Springer, 2010 - 200 pages

Arbitration is an essential component in business. In an age when transparency is a maxim, important issues which the laws governing arbitration currently fail to address are the extent to which disclosure of information can be constrained by private agreement along with the extent to which the duty to preserve confidentiality can be stretched. Absent a coherent legal framework and extensive qualitative and quantitative data, it is equally difficult to suggest and predict future directions. This book offers a tool for attaining centralised access to otherwise fragmentary and dispersed material, as well as a comprehensive analysis and detailed exposition of the position in relation to confidentiality in arbitration in the jurisdictions of England, USA, France and Germany

Constitutional Politics in the Middle East: With Special Reference to Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan

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Saïd Amir Arjomand
Hart Pub., 2008 - 210pages

This collection is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of constitutional politics and constitution-making in the Middle East. The historical background and setting are fully explored in two substantial essays placing the contemporary experience in the contexts, respectively, of the ancient Middle Eastern legal and political tradition, and of the 19th- and 20th-century legal codification and political modernization. These are followed by a general analysis of the treatment of human rights in relation to Islam in Middle Eastern constitutions, as well as a comparative scrutiny of the process of constitution-making in Iran, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with reference to the available constitutional theories. Additional essays are country-by-country case studies of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with the case of Iran being covered as a special point of reference. Other contributions examine the making and subsequent transformation of the Turkish Constitution of 1982 against current

The European Union and China: Interests and Dillema

The European Union and China:
Interests and Dillema

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European Studies:
An Interdiciplinary Series in Eurepean Culture, History and Politics

Georg Wissela
No 27, 296 pages

The Caliphate Question: The British Government and Islamic Governance

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Sean Oliver-Dee
Lexington Books, 2009 - 235pages

The Caliphate Question examines British governmental files from the early to mid-twentieth century to examine the past approach of British policy-makers to questions of Islamic governance, particularly in relation to the office of the Caliph. In so doing it draws out pointers and questions that will help present-day policy-makers to create effective policy in this sensitive field.

Idiology and International Relations in the Modern World

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Alan Cassels
Routledge, 1996 - 302pages

Cassels traces the part played by ideology in international relations over the past two centuries. Starting with the French Revolution's injection of ideology into interstate politics, he finishes by addressing present-day pre-occupations with the legacy of nationalist discontent left by the collapse of communism and the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in world politics. Cassels includes discussion of Marxism-Leninism, Fascism and Nazism but, eschewing exclusive focus on totalitarian dogma, he also shows how the interplay of the less rigid belief systems of conservatism, liberalism and nationalism influence international affairs. The focus and emphasis given to ideology in an historical survey of such broad scope make this book unusual, and even controversial. Social scientific and philosophical discussions of ideology make only glancing reference to foreign policy. Historians have generally touched on ideology only within the context of the case study, while the realist theorists of international relations play down its influence.

Global Limit: Immanueal Kant, International Relation and Critique of World Politics

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Mark F. N. Franke
SUNY Press, 2001 - 265pages

Hannah Arend and International Relation: Readings Across the Lines

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Anthony F. Lang, Jr., John Williams
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 236 pages

The essays in Hannah Arendt and International Relations employ the work of this versatile theorist to examine various facets of international affairs.  With contributions written by international political theorists from around the world, the volume draws on Arendt's insights to assess critically the boundaries of international affairs.  Although Arendt did not write directly on international relations as formally understood, her vast corpus has enabled these authors to explore boundaries, human rights, globalization, sovereignty, and organizaed violence in radical new ways.  The first published volume on Arendt and international affairs crosses the boundaries of international relations and political theory, resulting in an important new contribution to political theory.

Qualitative Methods in International Relation: a Pluralist Guide

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Audie Klotz, Deepa Prakash
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 260pages

The main terrain of methodological disputes in the social sciences is empirical research, including the delineation of legitimate research questions, allocation of funding for projects, and employment in the profession. Yet we still lack practical answers to one of the most basic questions: How should researchers interpret meanings? The contributors take seriously the goals of both post-modernist and positivist researchers, as they offer detailed guidance on how to apply specific tools of analysis and how to circumvent their inherent limitations. Readers will understand what is at stake in selecting from discourse, speech acts, and semiotics – or even content analysis. Researchers will be able to decide when to combine tools drawn from different analytical traditions – perhaps discourse analysis to inform the construction of a dictionary for context-sensitive computerized coding. The results will be deeper interdisciplinary understanding and better research.

The Power of International Theory: Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making Through Scientific Enquiry

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Fred Chernoff
Routledge, 2005 - 253 pages

The discipline of International Relations was created with a purpose of helping policy-makers to build a more peaceful and just world. However, many of the current trends, post-positivism, constructivism, reflectivism, and post-modernism share a conception of international theory that is inherently incapable of offering significant guidance to policy-makers. The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the re-forging of a link between IR theory and policy-making. While recognizing the criticisms of earlier forms of positivism and behavioralism, the book defends holistic testing of empirical principles, methodological pluralism, criteria for choosing the best theory, a notion of 'causality,' and a limited form of prediction, all of which are needed to guide policy-makers. This book will be an invaluable text for advanced students and researchers in the fields of international relations theory and thephilosophy of social science

States, Nations and the Great Power: The Sources of Regional War and Peace

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Benjamin Miller
Cambridge University Press, 2007 - 500pages

Why are some regions prone to war while others remain at peace? What conditions cause regions to move from peace to war and vice versa? This book offers a novel theoretical explanation for the differences in levels of and transitions between war and peace. The author distinguishes between "hot" and "cold" outcomes, depending on intensity of the war or the peace, and then uses three key concepts (state, nation, and the international system) to argue that it is the specific balance between states and nations in different regions that determines the hot or warm outcomes: the lower the balance, the higher the war proneness of the region, while the higher the balance, the warmer the peace. The international systematic factors, for their part, affect only the cold outcomes of cold war and cold peace. The theory of regional war and peace developed in this book is examined through case-studies of the post-1945 Middle East, the Balkans and South America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and post-1945 Western Europe. It uses comparative data from all regions and concludes by proposing ideas on how to promote peace in war-torn regions.

Taming the Sovereign: Institutional Change in International Politics

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Kalevi Jaakko Holsti
Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 349pages

Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we identify it? How do we distinguish between significant and unimportant changes? Do we really live in a new era or do we see more continuity than transformation in the texture of international politics? Combining theoretical and empirical argument, Holsti investigates eight major international institutions including the state, sovereignty, territoriality, international law, diplomacy, trade and war. Having identified the types of change these institutions have undergone during the last three centuries, Holsti analyses the sources of those changes and speculates on their consequences. This is a major book, likely to have lasting influence in the study of international politics.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relation

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Patrick Hayden
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - 492pages

Ethics has increasingly been studied as a specific field within the academic subject of International Relations (IR). While the idea that ethics is distinct from politics (whether domestic or international) it certainly would have been foreign to those writing on topics such as war, peace, rights and trade up until the twentieth century. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a substantial growth of attention to the ways in which IR conceives and analyses themes of an ethical nature, and how issues, problems and policies involving ethics are addressed by a variety of actors within the international system. Consequently, although recent attention to such matters has a long historical pedigree, the burgeoning recognition of ethics and international relations as a distinct and substantive field is a significant development in its own right. This volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource for an international readership consisting of scholars, policymakers, students, and members of the general public with an interest in the ethical dimensions of international affairs. This volume includes an Introduction followed by 27 chapters grouped into the following five parts

The Critical Theory of Robert W. Cox: Fugitive or Guru?

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Anthony Leysens
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - 170pages

This book, some 20 years after the publication of Robert W. Cox's seminal Production, Power and World Order: Social Forces in the Making of History, offers the reader an analytical and comprehensive overview of his work and illustrates the continuing relevance thereof for contemporary research.

The English School of International Relation: a Contemporary Reassessment

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Andrew Linklater, Hidemi Suganami
Cambridge University Press, 2006 - 302pages

What is the English School of International Relations and why is there increasing interest in it? Linklater and Suganami provide a comprehensive account of this distinctive approach to the study of world politics which highlights coexistence and cooperation, as well as conflict, in the relations between sovereign states. In the first book-length volume of its kind, the authors present a comprehensive discussion of the rise and development of the English School, its principal research agenda, and its epistemological and methodological foundations. The authors further consider the English School's position on progress in world politics, its relationship with Kantian thought, its conception of a sociology of states-systems and its approach to good international citizenship as a means of reducing harm in world politics. Lucidly written and unprecedented in its coverage, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in international relations and politics worldwide.

The Evolution of International Society: a Comparative Historical Analysis

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Adam Watson
Taylor & Francis, 2009 - 350 pages

'This is a real feast of a book. ... a landmark book.'- International Affairs'...a bold, successful and valuable book.'- International Relations This uniquely comprehensive study explains how international societies function across time, starting by examining the ancient state systems before turning to look in detail at the current worldwide international society. The book demonstrates that relations between states are not normally anarchic, but organized and regulated by elaborate rules and practices, which derive substantially from experience. Our present international society, for all its individuality, is only the latest in the series.In this reissue, a new introduction by Barry Buzan and Richard Little contextualises Watson's original work, situates it alongside current work in the area and summarises and analyses Watson's key arguments.This timely reissue serves as a major contribution to international theory, to our perception of how relations between states operate, and to our understanding of Watson's place within the canon. It will be of great interest to students of political science, international relations, world history and the history of globalization, and historical sociology.

Security Studies: An Introduction

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Paul Williams
Taylor & Francis, 2008 - 552pages

Security Studies is the most comprehensive textbook available on security studies. It gives students a detailed overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes and most significant issues within security studies. Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches currently used within the field from realism to international political sociology Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates from the security dilemma to terrorism Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture currently influencing world politics using international, regional and global levels of analysis Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security from the arms trade to energy security Part 5 discusses the future of security Security Studies provides a valuable new teaching tool for undergraduates and MA students by collecting these related strands of the field together into a single coherent textbook.

Security, Identity and Interests: a Sociology of International Relations

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Bill McSweeney
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - 239pages

The study of security has been dominated for four decades by a scientific perspective that has been under attack since the end of the Cold War. In this book, Bill McSweeney discusses the inadequacy of this approach and criticizes the most recent attempts to surmount it. Drawing on contemporary trends in sociology, he develops a theory of the international order within which the idea of security takes on a broader range of meaning, inviting a more interpretive approach to understanding the concept and formulating security policy.

State Building: Theory and Practice

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Aidan Hehir, Neil Robinson
Taylor & Francis, 2007 - 200pages

This study brings together internationally renowned academics to provide a detailed insight into the theory and practice of state-building.State-building is one of the dominant themes in contemporary international relations. This text addresses both the theoretical logic behind state-building and key practical manifestations of this phenomenon. Unlike '?how-to' manuals that seek to identify best practice, this book interrogates the normative assumptions inherent in this practice and the manner in which state-building impacts on contemporary international relations.The logic of state-building is explored and analyzed providing insight into the historical context that catalyzed this process, the relationship between international law and the practice of international administration, and the political ramifications and implications of external governance. Case studies on Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor provide practical examples of key contradictions within the state-building process, highlighting the lack of accountability, democracy and vision manifest in these operations.Offering a coherent critical analysis of an increasingly important international issue, State-Building will appeal to students and scholars of international relations, comparative politics and political theory.

Revolution in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations

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Daniel Philpott
Princeton University Press, 2001 - 339pages

How did the world come to be organized into sovereign states? Daniel Philpott argues that two historical revolutions in ideas are responsible. First, the Protestant Reformation ended medieval Christendom and brought a system of sovereign states in Europe, culminating at the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Second, ideas of equality and colonial nationalism brought a sweeping end to colonial empires around 1960, spreading the sovereign states system to the rest of the globe. In both cases, revolutions in ideas about legitimate political authority profoundly altered the "constitution" that establishes basic authority in the international system.Ideas exercised influence first by shaping popular identities, then by exercising social power upon the elites who could bring about new international constitutions. Swaths of early modern Europeans, for instance, arrived at Protestant beliefs, then fought against the temporal powers of the Church on behalf of the sovereignty of secular princes, who could overthrow the formidable remains of a unified medieval Christendom. In the second revolution, colonial nationalists, domestic opponents of empire, and rival superpowers pressured European cabinets to relinquish their colonies in the name of equality and nationalism, resulting in a global system of sovereign states. Bringing new theoretical and historical depth to the study of international relations, Philpott demonstrates that while shifts in military, economic, and other forms of material power cannot be overlooked, only ideas can explain how the world came to be organized into a system of sovereign states

Rethinking Transnationalism: The Meso Link of Organisation

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Ludger Pries
Taylor & Francis, 2008 - 215pages

During the last two decades transnationalism has become an important conceptual approach and research programme. However, the term has steadily become vague and indistinct underlining the need for conceptual prècising as well as more defined empirical research. Rethinking Transnationalism does this in two ways. on one hand it presents theoretical contributions to the transnationalism approach and, on the other hand, it offers empirical studies in the field of the transnationalization of organizations.The book integrates outstanding international scholars of transnationalism and migration studies with specialists from a broad variety of disciplines that apply the transnationalism approach to different organizations such as NGOs, feminist networks, educational spaces and European Works Councils.Presenting an overview of transnationalism and the surrounding debates, this interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Educational Sciences, Migration and Geography.

School of Thought in International Relation: Interpreters, Issues, and Morality

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Kenneth W. Thompson
Louisiana State University Press, 1996 - 166 halaman

In Schools of Thought in International Relations, renowned foreign-affairs scholar Kenneth W. Thompson seeks to clarify the study of international relations theory by succinctly addressing salient issues in its intellectual history.

Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International Relations

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Jane L. Parpart, Marysia Zalewski
Zed Books, 2008 - 217pages

The book is a follow-up to the influential volume, The 'Man' Question in International Relations. This new edition aims to integrate masculinity studies and feminist theorizing by analyzing white male privilege within international relations, the role of masculinity within the theory and practice of war and masculinity in an increasingly militarized world. It looks at how the theories and practice of masculinity affect international issues. Using a global approach it covers contemporary and cutting-edge issues and themes, including chapters on the cyborg soldier, post-traumatic stress and the hyper-masculine Muslim

Regions and Power: The Structure of International Security

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Barry Buzan, Ole Wæver
Cambridge University Press, 2003 - 564pages

Asserting that regional patterns of security are increasingly important in international politics, this study presents a detailed account of relations between global powers. It emphasizes their relationship with the regional security complexes which make up the contemporary international system. The book analyzes Africa, the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, North America and South Asia, tracing the history of each region through the present.

Rituals of Mediation: International Politics and Social meaning

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François Debrix, Cynthia Weber
U of Minnesota Press, 2003 - 194pages

A timely consideration of the meaning of transnational cultural interactions today. In an era of increasing globalization, the cultural and the international have borders as permeable as most nations'--and an understanding of one requires making sense of the other. Foregrounding the role of mediation--understood here as a site of representation, transformation, and pluralization--the authors engage two specific questions: How might we make theoretical and practical sense of transnational cultural interactions? And how are we to understand the ways in which the sites of mediation represent, transform, and remediate internationals? Accordingly, the authors consider international issues like security, development, political activism, and the war against terrorism through the lens of cultural practices such as traveling through airports, exhibiting art and photography, logging on to the Internet, and spinning news stories.

Security and International Relation

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Edward A. Kolodziej
Cambridge University Press, 2005 - 349pages

Helping students identify and discuss main issues in international security today, this book evaluates the contending schools of thought and their key assumptions. It explains why states use-- or chose not to use--force to promote their causes. Each philosophy is tested in terms of its capacity to explain the rise and demise of the Cold War and to address the security challenges confronting the peoples and states of the twenty-first century. The book also contains essay questions and guides to further reading.

Reconstituting the Global Liberal Order: Legitimacy and Regulation

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Kanishka Jayasuriya
Taylor & Francis, 2005 - 166pages

The events of September 11 have been a significant watershed in the emerging global order. The nature and consequences of this changing global order, however, remain unclear. This book argues that this emerging order is as much the result of issues relating to the evolving methods and forms of governance, as of the new role and position of the United States in the world system. Jayasuriya develops an innovative framework extending that extends the work of theorists such as Carl Schmitt, Franz Neumann and Herbert Marcuse to explore the reconstitution of the post-war global liberal order. He analyses the nexus between domestic political and constitutional structures and the global order, and examines how the post-war framework of international liberalism is crumbling under the economic and political pressures fermented in the post cold war period. As well as looking at the implications of 9/11 for the global order, the author: * Relates the events of 9/11 to the deep transformations of thepost-war global order. * Emphasizes the importance of the rise of the new regulatory state. * Examines the new politics of fear in liberal democracies including the US, UK and Australia . * Studies the appropriation of the "language of the left" by conservative forces. * Notes the profoundly illiberal outcomes of actions undertaken in the name of liberalism. This unique and timely study will interest students and researchers of international political economy, globalization, and international political theory.

Remapping Global Politics: History's Revenge and Future Shock

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Yale H. Ferguson, Richard W. Mansbach
Cambridge University Press, 2004 - 360pages

Yale Ferguson and Richard Mansbach suggest that the state is losing its capacity, legitimacy and authority to remain the primary actor in world affairs and is being transformed into a more complex "post-international universe" characterized by diverse and overlapping polities. Ferguson and Mansbach, accordingly, revise the "maps" of global politics and explain the shifting and accelerating forces transforming them in an important contribution to the issues of globalization and the future of international relations theory.

Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms

Restructuring World Politics:
Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms

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Sanjeev Khagram, James V. Riker, Kathryn Sikkink
U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - 366pages

Power and Resistance in the New World Order

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Stephen Gill
Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - 238pages

This challenging work develops a radical theory of the new world order to argue that as the globalization of power intensifies, so too do globalized forms of resistance. Stephen Gill explains how the dialectic of power and resistance involves issues of governance, economy, and culture. This struggle is reflected in the questions of American supremacy, the power of capital, market civilization, and surveillance power. Thus new forms of political agency and collective action are emerging to challenge dominant powers.

Pragmatism in International Relation

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Pragmatism in International Relation
Taylor & Francis, 2009 - 206 pages

This collection of essays introduces pragmatism to the study of international relations and evaluates its potential for the theory and practice of global politics.

Seeking to reorient the discipline of International Relations (IR) towards practices and problematic situations, the editors of this volume draw on the pragmatist tradition to provide critical inspiration for this task. Their book, organised into four distinct parts, aims to outline the potential of pragmatism to reconstruct IR. Through such an approach this volume seeks to re-invigorate the discipline and bridge the gap between IR academic communities in the US, UK, and continental Europe. This pioneering volume provides:

# the first book-length evaluation of the potential pragmatism holds for the practice as well as the epistemological, theoretical and normative debates within the discipline of IR
# theoretical reflections and empirical studies in the area of diplomacy, international law, public (environmental) policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict
# highly original contributions by prominent scholars in the field of IR, International Law, Sociology and Social Theory

Drawing on research from several disciplines, Pragmatism in International Relations will be vital reading for students and scholars of International Relations, International Relations Theory, and Social Theory.

Progress in International Relation Theory: Appraising the Field

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Colin Elman, Miriam Fendius Elman
MIT Press, 2003 - 503pages

All academic disciplines periodically appraise their effectiveness, evaluating the progress of previous scholarship and judging which approaches are useful and which are not. Although no field could survive if it did nothing but appraise its progress, occasional appraisals are important and if done well can help advance the field.

This book investigates how international relations theorists can better equip themselves to determine the state of scholarly work in their field. It takes as its starting point Imre Lakatos's influential theory of scientific change, and in particular his methodology of scientific research programs (MSRP). It uses MSRP to organize its analysis of major research programs over the last several decades and uses MSRP's criteria for theoretical progress to evaluate these programs. The contributors appraise the progress of institutional theory, varieties of realist and liberal theory, operational code analysis, and other research programs in international relations. Their analyses reveal the strengths and limits of Lakatosian criteria and the need for metatheoretical metrics for evaluating scientific progress.

Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance

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Laura DeNardis
MIT Press, 2009 - 272pages

The Internet has reached a critical point. The world is running out of Internet addresses. There is a finite supply of approximately 4.3 billion Internet Protocol (IP) addresses—the unique binary numbers required for every exchange of information over the Internet—within the Internet's prevailing technical architecture (IPv4). In the 1990s the Internet standards community identified the potential depletion of these addresses as a crucial design concern and selected a new protocol (IPv6) that would expand the number of Internet addresses exponentially—to 340 undecillion addresses. Despite a decade of predictions about imminent global conversion, IPv6 adoption has barely begun. IPv6 is not backward compatible with IPv4, and the ultimate success of IPv6 depends on a critical mass of IPv6 deployment, even among users who don't need it, or on technical workarounds that could in turn create a new set of concerns.
Protocol Politics examines what's at stake politically, economically, and technically in the selection and adoption of a new Internet protocol. Laura DeNardis's key insight is that protocols are political. IPv6 serves as a case study for how protocols more generally are intertwined with socioeconomic and political order. IPv6 intersects with provocative topics including Internet civil liberties, U.S. military objectives, globalization, institutional power struggles, and the promise of global democratic freedoms. DeNardis offers recommendations for Internet standards governance, based not only on technical concerns but on principles of openness and transparency, and examines the global implications of looming Internet address scarcity versus the slow deployment of the new protocol designed to solve this problem.

Realism Reconsidered: the Legacy of Hans Morgenthau in International Relations

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Michael Charles Williams
Oxford University Press, 2007 - 278pages

Realism remains the most important and controversial vision of international politics. But what does it mean to be a realist? This collection addresses this key question by returning to the thinking of perhaps the most influential realist of modern times: Hans J. Morgenthau. In analyses of issues ranging from political philosophy, to international law, to the impact of nuclear weapons and the challenges of American foreign policy, the authors demonstrate that Morgenthau's thinking exemplifies a rich realist tradition that is often lacking in contemporary analyses of international relations and foreign policy. At a time when realism is once again at the center of both scholarly and political debates, this book shows that the legacy of classical realism can enrich our understanding of world politics and contribute to its future direction.

Political Thought and International Relation

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - 245pages

Political realism dominated the study of international relations during the Cold War. Since then, however, its fortunes have been mixed: pushed onto the backfoot during the 1990s, it has in recent years retuned to the center of scholarly debate in international relations. Yet despite its significance in international relations theory, realism plays little role in contemporary international political theory. It is often associated with a form of crude realpolitik that ignores the role of ethical considerations in political life. This book explores an alternative understanding of realism. The contributors view realism chiefly as a diverse and complex mode of political and ethical theorizing rather than either a value-neutral branch of social science or the unreflective defense of the national interest. They analyze a variety of historical and philosophical themes, probing the potential and the pathologies of realist thought. A number of the chapters offer critical interpretations of key figures in the canon of twentieth century realism, including Hans Morgenthau, E. H. Carr, and Reinhold Niebuhr. Others seek to widen the lens through which realism is usually viewed, exploring the writings of Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Leo Strauss. Finally, a number of the contributors engage with general issues in political theory, including the meaning and value of pessimism, the relationship between power and ethics, the role of normative political theory, and what might constitute political 'reality.' Straddling international relations and political theory, this book makes a significant contribution to both fields.

Poverty and the Production of World Politics: Unprotected Workers in the Global Political Economy

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Matt Davies, Magnus Ryner
Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 - 306pages

Global poverty is a central concern for world politics, yet we lack and adequate conception of the ways the "global poor" affect contemporary world order. This book examines the proposition, inspired by the work of Robert W. Cox and Jeffrey Harrod, that such a conception must be based on an analysis of how the "global poor" take part in power relations as unprotected workers. It examines the ways in which production and power relations constitute world politics, and the chapters shed light on the politics of production in the Third World, migration, prostitution, the "clash of civilizations" and union internationalism.

Power in Global Governance

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Michael N. Barnett, Raymond Duvall
Cambridge University Press, 2005 - 368pages

This edited volume examines power in its different dimensions in global governance. Scholars tend to underestimate the importance of power in international relations because of a failure to see its multiple forms. To expand the conceptual aperture, this book presents and employs a taxonomy that alerts scholars to the different kinds of power that are present in world politics. A team of international scholars demonstrate how these different forms connect and intersect in global governance in a range of different issue areas. Bringing together a variety of theoretical perspectives, this volume invites scholars to reconsider their conceptualization of power in world politics and how such a move can enliven and enrich their understanding of global governance.

Power, Production and Social Reproduction: Human in/Security in the Global Political Economy

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Isabella Bakker, Stephen Gill
Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - 250 pages

Written by leading authorities from Europe, the Americas and Asia, this path-breaking work develops an innovative and original theorization of global political economy. While most approaches theorize global political economy from the perspectives of power and production or states and markets, this work argues that what feminists call social reproduction is a more basic framework, upon which most forms of power and production, and states and markets, must necessarily rest.

Globalisation, Regionalisation and The History of International Relation

Globalisation, Regionalisation and The History of International Relation

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Alfredo Canavero, Silvia Pizetti, Lucio Valent
Milan, May 2000 123 Pages

The International Theory of Leonard Woolf: a Study in Twentieth-Century Idealism

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Peter Colin Wilson
Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - 269pages

Colonial civil servant, Fabian socialist, and eminence grise of the Bloomsbury circle, Leonard Woolf, was one of the most prolific writers on international relations of the early-mid twentieth century. His report for the Fabian Society, International Government, was influential in the creation of the League of Nations. He was a co-founder of the popular pressure group, the League of Nations Society. He was a leading critic of Empire. He helped to educate the British Labour Party on global issues, constructing, in 1929, its first credible foreign policy. With his wife, Virginia, he founded the celebrated Hogarth press. He pioneered "functionalist" and " transnationalist" theory. He pioneered documentary journalism. He wrote towards the end of his long life one of the most insightful autobiographies of the twentieth century.This book examines the thought of this fascinating and relatively unknown political thinker. It thoroughly reassesses his ideas, for decades condemned as 'utopian,' in the context of the much more fluid international scene of the twenty-first century. In particular, it asks whether his ideas about international government gained new pertinency in the post Cold War century.

The Limit of Ethics in International Relation: Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition

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David Boucher
Oxford University Press, 2009 - 421pages

Ethical constraints on relations among individuals within and between societies have always reflected or invoked a higher authority than the caprices of human will. For over two thousand years Natural Law and Natural Rights were the constellations of ideas and presuppositions that fulfilled this role in the west, and exhibited far greater similarities than most commentators want to admit. Such ideas were the lens through which Europeans evaluated the rest of the world. In his major new book David Boucher rejects the view that Natural Rights constituted a secularisation of Natural Law ideas by showing that most of the significant thinkers in the field, in their various ways, believed that reason leads you to the discovery of your obligations, while God provides the ground for discharging them. Furthermore, the book maintains that Natural Rights and Human Rights are far less closely related than is often asserted because Natural Rights never cast adrift the religious foundationalism, whereas Human Rights, for the most part, have jettisoned the Christian metaphysics upon which both Natural Law and Natural Rights depended. Human Rights theories, on the whole, present us with foundationless universal constraints on the actions of individuals, both domestically and internationally. Finally, one of the principal contentions of the book is that these purportedly universal rights and duties almost invariably turn out to be conditional, and upon close scrutiny end up being 'special' rights and privileges as the examples of multicultural encounters, slavery and racism, and women's rights demonstrate.

The Logic of Internationalism: Coerción and Accommodation

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Kjell Goldmann
Routledge, 1994 - 238pages

Internationalism is the view that institution-building and peaceful cooperation will make peace and security prevail in a system of independent states. This book examines this controversial topic and discusses whether such a view is realistic or whether international relations are typically characterised by tension and war. Kjell Goldmann seeks to examine the plausibility of internationalism under present-day conditions. A theory of internationalism is outlined and is shown to have two dimensions: one coercive (to enforce the rules and decisions of international institutions) and one accommodative (to avoid confrontation by means of mutual understanding and compromise). Problematic features of the theory are then considered in detail: the assumption that all international cooperation tends to inhibit war, and the tension inherent in the joint pursuit of coercion and accommodation.

The New Imperialism

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David Harvey
Oxford University Press, 2005 - 275pages

People around the world are confused and concerned. Is it a sign of strength or of weakness that the US has suddenly shifted from a politics of consensus to one of coercion on the world stage? What was really at stake in the war on Iraq? Was it all about oil and, if not, what else wasinvolved? What role has a sagging economy played in pushing the US into foreign adventurism? What exactly is the relationship between US militarism abroad and domestic politics? These are the questions taken up in this compelling and original book. In this closely argued and clearly written book,David Harvey, one of the leading social theorists of his generation, builds a conceptual framework to expose the underlying forces at work behind these momentous shifts in US policies and politics. The compulsions behind the projection of US power on the world as a "new imperialism" are here, forthe first time, laid bare for all to see.

The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism

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Gillian Brock, Harry Brighouse
Cambridge University Press, 2005 - 262 pages

Do national boundaries have fundamental moral significance, or do we have moral obligations to foreigners that are equal to our obligations to our compatriots? The latter position is known as cosmopolitanism, and this volume brings together a number of distinguished political philosophers and theorists to explore cosmopolitanism and the positive arguments that can be made for it. Their essays provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of the debate as well as the alternative visions of cosmopolitanism that will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, political theory, and law

The Post-Cold War International System: Strategies, Institutions, and Reflexivity

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Ewan Harrison
Routledge, 2004 - 173pages

Following the end of the Cold War, which has resulted in the United States being the dominant global power, this book examines patterns of behavior that have emerged in international politics. Drawing on constructivist insights, the author provides a sophisticated assessment of competing theories and sets the liberal, realist and institutionalist approaches off against each other in a quest for synthesis. Three case studies on Germany, China and Japan, identified as key states with the potential to challenge US dominance in this emerging new structure, provide evidence to support his assessment about the overall trajectory of international change in the post-Cold War period.

The Power of Politics: From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism

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John A. Vasquez
Cambridge University Press, 1998 - 448pages

This book provides an intellectual history of international relations theory from 1919 to the present, examining the dominance of realist theories, and their limited ability to explain world politics accurately. The volume presents the original text of John Vasquez's classic 1983 volume, The Power of Power Politics, analyzing classical realism and quantitative international politics, plus six new chapters covering the most important intellectual currents relevant to the debate on realism. This book is a major contribution to debates over realism in international relations, of interest to students as well as scholars.

The Power of Words in International Relation: Birth of an Anti-Whaling Discourse

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Charlotte Epstein
MIT Press, 2008 - 333 pages

Runner-up, 2009 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award given by the International Studies Association.

In the second half of the twentieth century, worldwide attitudes toward whaling shifted from widespread acceptance to moral censure. Why? Whaling, once as important to the global economy as oil is now, had long been uneconomical. Major species were long known to be endangered. Yet nations had continued to support whaling. In The Power of Words in International Relations,  Charlotte Epstein argues that the change was brought about not by changing material interests but by a powerful anti-whaling discourse that successfully recast whales as extraordinary and intelligent endangered mammals that needed to be saved. Epstein views whaling both as an object of analysis in its own right and as a lens for examining discursive power, and how language, materiality, and action interact to shape international relations. By focusing on discourse, she develops an approach to the study of agency and the construction of interests that brings non-state actors and individuals into the analysis of international politics

Epstein analyzes the "society of whaling states" as a set of historical practices where the dominant discourse of the day legitimated the killing of whales rather than their protection. She then looks at this whaling world's mirror image: the rise from the political margins of an anti-whaling discourse, which orchestrated one of the first successful global environmental campaigns, in which saving the whales ultimately became shorthand for saving the planet. Finally, she considers the continued dominance of a now taken-for-granted anti-whaling discourse, including its creation of identity categories that align with and sustain the existing international political order. Epstein's synthesis of discourse, power, and identity politics brings the fields of international relations theory and global environmental politics into a fruitful dialogue that benefits both.

The Future of Global Relation: Crumbling Walls, Rising Regions

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Terrence Edward Paupp, Richard Falk
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - 282pages

The Future of Global Relations centers on two intertwined themes: (a) the collapse of US global hegemony and (b) the rise of a multi-centric world order of regional powers from China to Africa, from Latin America to India, from the Middle East to Russia and the European Union.  The ascendancy of these regional powers means that humanity has reached a historical turning point that signals the incapacity and impracticality of empire-building, thereby bringing an end to the search for hegemony and efforts by one nation to achieve domination or primacy over all others.  The future of global relations will be defined by a more integrated and mutually cooperative world order of regions in which there are multiple centers of political and economic power.  These regional centers will continue to mature under the ideology of “regionalism” and through the long historical process of “regionalization.”

The Future of International Relation: Masters in the Making?

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Iver B. Neumann, Ole Wæver
Routledge, 1997 - 380pages

In a departure from tradition,The Future of International Relationspresents the state of the art of international relations theory through an analysis of the work of twelve key contemporary thinkers. Many of these authors are often considered hard to understand and so this book provides an alternative and more accessible analysis of contemporary international relations theory. Students of international relations will find this an invaluable introduction to and analysis of the key theories they will need to understand. The theorists covered are: John Vincent, Kenneth Waltz, Robert O. Keohane, Robert Gilpin, Bertrand Badie, John Ruggie, Hayward Alker, Nicholas G. Onuf, Alexander Wendt, Jean Bethke Elshtain, R. B. J. Walker and James Der Derian.

The Global Politics of Power, Justice and Death: An Introduction to International Relations

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Peter Anderson
Routledge, 1996 - 320pages

"The Global Politics of Power, Justice and Death" investigates the nature and complexity of global change. Among other things it looks at the future of the state, the environment, the international political economy, war and global rivalries, and the role of international law and the UN in the post-Cold War world. The book devises a readily comprehensible "change map" which both incorporates a wide range of the fundamental concepts of international relations theory and suggests a number of new concepts capable of assisting the investigation of global change. This new framework is deployed to look closely at real world issues in order to isolate the crucial factors which determine whether or not mass hunger, for example, or environmental abuse, can be eliminated. Readers interested in International Relations and International Politics will find this a stimulating and provocative introduction to a fascinating subject.