International Orders

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International Orders begins by distinguishing between world order and international order, in the spirit of Hedley Bull. This leads to an analysis of five different principles of international order - the principles of the balance of power, the concert of great powers, liberal regimes, interdependence and the exercise of hegemony. However, principles of international order are rarely simply clear cut in their operations; they intermingle with the perceptions of human agents and the plans of political leaders who ...
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Overview

International Orders begins by distinguishing between world order and international order, in the spirit of Hedley Bull. This leads to an analysis of five different principles of international order - the principles of the balance of power, the concert of great powers, liberal regimes, interdependence and the exercise of hegemony. However, principles of international order are rarely simply clear cut in their operations; they intermingle with the perceptions of human agents and the plans of political leaders who have sought to a structure the world polity to serve particular aims. The core of the volume comprises a detailed historical sociology of how international order was achieved at three crucial phases in the history of the states system. Theories and evidence are deployed to examine: the emergence of the European states system; the development of the European state from Westphalia to the rise of Nazism; and the emergence and impact of the Cold War. Throughout, the theories of world order are examined, tested and, in the light of evidence, improved. In conclusion, considerable attention is given to the forces of integration and disintegration which might strengthen or undermine world order in the future, and an argument is offered concerning the ethical grounds on which intervention in the affairs of another state might to be justified.
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'This is a very significant, thorough and perceptive contribution to a complex subject that, although very important, so far has not received adequate attention. A forceful account of the nature of international orders is accompanied by historical analysis and relevant treatments of social theory and its shortcomings. This book will have a very great appeal to a wide range of readers. If the author's recommendations are followed, politics will certainly become more reasonable and tolerant.' Anatoly Khazanov

'This book is a fine attempt to shed light on current, inconclusive debates about the nature and direction of post-Cold War international order ... International Orders is highly recommended. It is engaging, erudite, well argued and hard-hitting ... this book will probably fuel, rather than assuage, debate. Its major achievement lies in demonstrating the virtue of combining the best of different disciplines and theories.' International Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745617701
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/8/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Hall is a Professor of Sociology at McGill University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Groundwork 1
Key Concepts 2
Ideal Types of International Order 8
Bringing History Back In 24
An Elective Affinity 29
2 The European System 33
Imperial Order 34
Trahison des Clercs 44
Murky Waters 49
Countering Eurocentrism 54
3 The Age of Revolutions 67
False Dawn 73
A Pax Britannica? 81
Traders and Heroes 86
Bonhomie and Barbarism 98
4 La Paix Belliqueuse 111
Power and the Pursuit of Peace 112
The Rise and Fall of the Third World 123
The End of American Hegemony? 142
An Absolute Collapse 153
5 Results of the Inquiry 164
Analytic Summary 165
Special Brew 169
Patterns of Integration and Disintegration 177
Knowledge, Morality, and Action 191
Index 199
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