Taming the Sovereigns Institutional Change in International Politics

ISBN-10: 0521541921
ISBN-13: 9780521541923
Edition: 2004
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Description: Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we identify it? How do we distinguish between significant and unimportant changes? Do we really live in a new era or do we see more continuity than transformation in the texture of international politics? Combining theoretical and empirical argument, Holsti investigates eight major international institutions including the state, sovereignty, territoriality, international law, diplomacy, trade and war. Having identified the types of change these institutions have undergone during the last three centuries, Holsti analyses the sources of those changes and speculates on their consequences. This is a major book, likely to have lasting influence in the study of international politics.

The problem of change in international relations: rhetoric, markers, and metrics
The State as agent and institution
Territoriality
Sovereignty
International law
Diplomacy
Trade
Colonialism
War
International institutions: types, sources and consequences of change

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