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Since they were pioneered in the 1970s by Robert Keohane and others, the broad range of neoliberal institutionalist theories of international relations have grown in importance. In an increasingly globalized world, the realist and neorealist focus on states, military power, conflict, and anarchy has more and more given way to a recognition of the importance of nonstate actors, nonmilitary forms of power, interdependence, international institutions, and cooperation. Drawing together a group of leading international relations theorists, this book explores the frontiers of new research on the role of such forces in world politics.

The topics explored in these chapters include the uneven role of peacekeepers in civil wars, the success of human rights treaties in promoting women's rights, the disproportionate power of developing countries in international environmental policy negotiations, and the prospects for Asian regional cooperation. While all of the chapters demonstrate the empirical and theoretical vitality of liberal and institutionalist theories, they also highlight weaknesses that should drive future research and influence the reform of foreign policy and international organizations.

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What People Are Saying

Peter Katzenstein
Dedicated to the life's work of Robert O. Keohane, this is a book of exceptional intellectual coherence and vigor. A large number of Keohane's distinguished former students here celebrate his seminal contribution to the field of international relations and international political economy. The chapters explore and exemplify his widely recognized and cited institutionalist framework. The volume is a testimony to the undiluted impact Keohane's scholarship continues to have on legions of students and colleagues.
Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University
John Gerard Ruggie
Robert O. Keohane is a giant in the field of international relations, not only because he has produced innovative ideas and approaches, but also because of his teaching and mentoring. This edited volume by former Keohane students and colleagues is a fitting tribute to his oeuvre, pushing his thinking on power, interdependence, and the role of nonstate actors into previously understudied domains and dimensions of institutionalism, with results that the rest of us might not have thought of before but which won't entirely surprise the master himself. Highly recommended for all serious students of international relations.
John Gerard Ruggie, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Giulio Gallarotti
This important and timely book pushes the theoretical envelope of neoliberal institutionalism and represents an important step forward in international relations theory. The scholarship is sound, well-documented, and effectively presented, and the ideas are framed and explored in ways that will give them lasting value.
Giulio Gallarotti, Wesleyan University
Covering a wide range of topics and probing the strengths as well as some weaknesses of neoliberal institutionalism, this book will interest a broad cross-section of international relations scholars.
Edward D. Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140278
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen V. Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Andrew Moravcsik is professor of politics and international affairs, and director of the European Union Program, at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Contributors xi

Preface xiii


Chapter 1 Power, Interdependence, and Nonstate Actors in World Politics: Research Frontiers Helen V. Milner 3

Institutions and Power

Chapter 2 Institutions, Power, and Interdependence Randall W. Stone 31

Chapter 3 The Transaction Costs Approach to International Institutions Michael J. Gilligan 50

Chapter 4 The Influence of International Institutions: Institutional Design, Compliance, Effectiveness, and Endogeneity Ronald B. Mitchell 66

The Role of Institutions across Issue Areas

Chapter 5 Peacekeepers as Signals: The Demand for International Peacekeeping in Civil Wars V. Page Fortna Lisa L. Martin 87

Chapter 6 Women and International Institutions: The Effects of the Women's Convention on Female Education Beth A. Simmons 108

Chapter 7 Private Governance for the Public Good? Exploring Private Sector Participation in Global Financial Regulation Layna Mosley 126

Chapter 8 Power, Interdependence, and Domestic Politics in International Environmental Cooperation Elizabeth R. DeSombre 147

Chapter 9 The Dynamics of Trade Liberalization Vinod K. Aggarwal 164

Power and Interdependence in a Globalized World

Chapter 10 International Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World Jonathan D. Aronson 185

Chapter 11 The Big Influence of Big Allies: Transgovernmental Relations as a Tool of Statecraft Timothy J. McKeown 204

Chapter 12 On Taking Religious Worldviews Seriously J. Ann Tickner 223


Chapter 13 Robert Keohane: Political Theorist Andrew Moravcsik 243

Bibliography 265

Index 291

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