Constructing the World Polity: Essays on International Institutionalisation / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Collects ten articles by Ruggie (currently serving on the executive staff of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan) published over the last 25 years. Part autobiography, part intellectual history, and part reflection, they trace the movement in IR toward social constructivism, beginning with a survey of the entire range of post- war IR theory and setting the constructivist project within it. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415099912
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/6/1998
  • Series: New International Relations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
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
Notes 256
Publications 271
References 275
Index 302
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