From International to World Society?: English School Theory and the Social Structure of Globalisation / Edition 1

From International to World Society?: English School Theory and the Social Structure of Globalisation / Edition 1

by Barry Buzan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521541212

ISBN-13: 9780521541213

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Barry Buzan offers an extensive and long overdue critique and reappraisal of the English school approach to International Relations. Starting on the neglected concept of world society and bringing together the international society tradition and the Wendtian mode of constructivism, Buzan offers a new theoretical framework that can be used to address globalisation as a

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Barry Buzan offers an extensive and long overdue critique and reappraisal of the English school approach to International Relations. Starting on the neglected concept of world society and bringing together the international society tradition and the Wendtian mode of constructivism, Buzan offers a new theoretical framework that can be used to address globalisation as a complex political interplay among state and non-state actors. This approach forces English school theory to confront neglected questions about both its basic concepts and its assumptions, and about the constitution of society in terms of what values are shared, how and why they are shared, and by whom. Buzan highlights the idea of primary institutions as the central contribution of English school theory and shows both how this differentiates English school theory from realism and neoliberal institutionalism, and how it can be used to generate distinctive comparative and historical accounts of international society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521541213
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #95
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesxi
Prefacexiii
List of abbreviationsxv
Glossaryxvii
Introduction1
1English school theory and its problems: an overview6
English school theory: a summary6
World society, and the problems and potentials of English school theory10
The main areas of weakness in English school theory15
Is English school theory really theory?24
2World society in English school theory27
The intellectual history of world society within English school thinking30
The pluralist-solidarist debate45
Conclusions62
3Concepts of world society outside English school thinking63
IR writers with a sociological turn: Burton, Luard and Shaw66
Sociological conceptions of world society70
Global civil society77
Conclusions87
4Reimagining the English school's triad90
State and non-state91
Physical/mechanical and social concepts of system98
Society and community108
Individual and transnational118
Conclusions: reconstructing the English school's triad128
5Reconstructing the pluralist-solidarist debate139
What type of values, if shared, count as solidarist?143
Does it make any difference to solidarism how and why any given values are shared?152
What does 'thickness' mean in terms of type and number of values shared, and type and number of people and/or states sharing them?154
Conclusions158
6The primary institutions of international society161
Definitional problems163
The concept of primary institutions in English school literature167
Hierarchy and functionalism within primary institutions176
The range of institutions and the types of international society190
Conclusions195
7Bringing geography back in205
Exclusive globalism is not necessary207
Unwarranted pessimism212
Understanding the interplay among the interhuman, transnational and interstate domains217
Conclusions: a vanguard theory of international social structures222
8Conclusions: a portrait of contemporary interstate society228
A snapshot of contemporary interstate society231
Looking back: what changed, what didn't and why?240
Driving forces, deeply rooted structures and contradictions249
Conclusions: where to from here?263
List of references271
Index284

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