World Politics

Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

World Politics


This article discusses world politics and international relations, with a primary focus on the United Nations Organization. It enumerates the four most relevant changes within the United Nations (UN), namely: the emergence of a single ‘hyper-power’, the emergence of threats, the reformulation of state sovereignty, and the increasing role of nonstate actors. It evaluates the efforts of the UN at problem-solving, discusses the concepts of global governance and US hegemony, and enumerates three analytical problems.

Keywords: world politics; international relations; United Nations Organization; relevant changes; hyper-power; threats; state sovereignty; nonstate actors; global governance; US hegemony

Article.  17369 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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