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International Society and its Critics

Edited by Alex J. Bellamy

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265206
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199265208.001.0001
International Society and its Critics

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This book is a major new evaluation of the contribution of the influential English School to international relations theory. It focuses on all the key contemporary and international political issues, and contains a mixture of theoretical and empirical issues, presented by leading scholars in the field. In recent years, the English School of International Relations – or international society – approach to international relations has become prominent because its theories and concepts seem to be able to help explain some of the most complex and seemingly paradoxical features of contemporary world politics. In doing this, the approach has attracted a variety of criticisms from both ends of the political spectrum, with some arguing that the claim that states form an international society is premature in an era of terror where power politics and the use of force have returned to the fore, and others insisting that the state‐centrism of international society makes it an inherently conservative approach that is unable to address many of the world's most pressing problems. The book provides the first in‐depth study of the English School approach to international relations from a variety of different theoretical and practical perspectives. Sixteen scholars from three continents critically evaluate the contribution of the School to the study of international theory and world history, consider its relationship with a variety of alternative perspectives, including international political economy, feminism, environmentalism, and critical security studies, and assess how the approach can help to make sense of the big issues of the day such as terrorism, the management of cultural difference, global governance, the ethics of coercion, and the role of international law. The contributors find that whilst the concept of international society helps to shed light on many of the important tensions in world politics, much work still needs to be done. In particular, the approach needs to broaden its empirical scope to incorporate more of the issues and actors that shape global politics, draw upon other theoretical traditions to improve its explanations of change in world politics, and recognize the complex and multi‐layered nature of the contemporary world. After an introduction by the editor, the book is arranged in three parts: One, The English School's Contribution to International Relations (four chapters); Two, Critical Engagements with International Society (six chapters); and Three, International Society After September 11 (five chapters). There is also a Conclusion by the editor.

Keywords: coercion; critical security; cultural differences; English School of International Relations; environmentalism; feminism; global governance; global politics; international law; international political economy; international politics; international relations theory; international relations; international society; power politics; state‐centrism; terrorism; world history; world politics

Book.  340 pages. 

Subjects: International Relations

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The English School and International Theory in International Society and its Critics

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The English School and World History in International Society and its Critics

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The New Agenda in International Society and its Critics

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The Constructivist Challenge after September 11 in International Society and its Critics

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Traditional Political Realism and the Writing of History in International Society and its Critics

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International Political Economy and Globalization in International Society and its Critics

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Critical Security Studies in International Society and its Critics

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Feminism in International Society and its Critics

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