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Constructing the World Polity brings together in one collection the theoretical ideas of one of the most influential International Relations theorists of our time. These essays, with a new introduction, and comprehensive connective sections, present Ruggie's ideas and their application to critical policy questions of the post-Cold War international order. Themes covered include:
* International Organization. How the 'new Institutionalism' differs from the old.
* The System of States. Explorations of political structure, social time, and territorial space in the world polity.
* Making History. America and the issue of 'agency' in the post-Cold Was era. NATO and the future transatlantic security community. The United Nations and the collective use of force.
|Preface and acknowledgements|
|Introduction: What makes the world hang together? Neo-utilitarianism and the social constructivist challenge||1|
|Pt. I||International organization: "I wouldn't start from here if I were you"||41|
|1||The new institutionalism in international relations||45|
|2||Embedded liberalism and the postwar economic regimes||62|
|3||Epistemology, ontology, and the study of international regimes||85|
|4||Multilateralism at century's end||102|
|Pt. II||The system of states: problematizing Westphalia||131|
|5||Political structure and dynamic density||137|
|6||Social time and ecodemographic contexts||155|
|7||Territoriality at millennium's end||172|
|Pt. III||The question of agency: making history in the new era||199|
|8||Interests, identity, and American foreign policy||203|
|9||NATO and the transatlantic security community||229|
|10||UN forces: whither - or whether?||240|