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The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics / Edition 3

The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics / Edition 3


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The Anarchical Society is one of the masterworks of political science and the classic text on the nature of order in world politics. Originally published in 1977, it continues to define and shape the discipline of international relations. This edition has been updated with a new, interpretive foreword by Andrew Hurrell.

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ISBN-13: 9780231127639
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/10/2002
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

HEDLEY BULL was sometime Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford, UK. He had previously been Professor of International Relations, Australian National University.
ANDREW HURRELL Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition: The Anarchical Society 35 Years On; A.Hurrell.-Preface.- Introduction.- PART I: THE NATURE OF ORDER IN WORLD POLITICS The Concept of Order in World Politics.- Does Order Exist in World Politics?.- How is Order Maintained in World Politics?.- Order versus Justice in World Politics.- PARTII: ORDER IN THE CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM The Balance of Power and International Order.- International Law and International Order.- Diplomacy and International Order.- War and International Order.- The Great Powers and International Order.- PART III: ALTERNATIVE PATHS TO WORLD ORDER Alternatives to the Contemporary States System.- The Decline of the States System?.- The Obsolescence of the States System?.- The Reform of the States System?.- Conclusion.

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Reviews of previous editions: 'A masterful analysis of the problem of international order in contemporary society and of the feasibility of such alternative models as disarmament, global organization, a highly proliferated world, and a radical redistribution of wealth and power.' – Foreign Affairs

'An important book likely to be read with profit for along time to come.' – The Times Literary Supplement

'Bull has written that rarest of books: it is not the last, but the first word on its subject.' – Political Science Quarterly

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