Hierarchy in International Relations

Hierarchy in International Relations

by David A. Lake
     
 

"International relations are generally understood as a realm of anarchy in which countries lack any superior authority and interact within a Hobbesian state of nature. In Hierarchy in International Relations, David A. Lake challenges this traditional view, demonstrating that states exercise authority over one another in international hierarchies that vary

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"International relations are generally understood as a realm of anarchy in which countries lack any superior authority and interact within a Hobbesian state of nature. In Hierarchy in International Relations, David A. Lake challenges this traditional view, demonstrating that states exercise authority over one another in international hierarchies that vary historically but are still pervasive today." "Revisiting the concepts of authority and sovereignty, Lake offers a novel view of international relations in which states form social contracts that bind both dominant and subordinate members. The resulting hierarchies have significant effects on the foreign policies of states as well as patterns of international conflict and cooperation. Focusing largely on U.S.-led hierarchies in the contemporary world, Lake provides a compelling account of the origins, functions, and limits of political order in the modern international system." The book is a model of clarity in theory, research design, and the use of evidence. Motivated by concerns about the declining international legitimacy of the United States following the Iraq War, Hierarchy in International Relations offers a powerful analytic perspective that has important implications for understanding America's position in the world in the years ahead.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801447563
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Series:
Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David A. Lake is Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 International Authority 17

2 International Hierarchy 45

3 Patterns of Hierarchy 63

4 Domination 93

5 Subordination 138

Conclusion 175

Data Appendix 191

Acknowledgments 199

References 203

Index 223

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