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Bringing Sociology to International Relations
World Politics as Differentiation Theory

Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan, Michael Zürn, George M. Thomas, Rudolf Stichweh, Richard Münch, Jack Donnelly, Lora Anne Viola, Stephan Stetter, Oliver Kessler, Friedrich Kratochwil, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Philip G. Cerny
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039001


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  • Functional differentiation has long been at the heart of sociological thought, and as such has become a defining feature in the evolution of modern society; one which distinguishes it from pre-modern societies which have instead typically differentiated by means of segmentation, or stratified social systems such as class. Drawing on the latest developments on differentiation theory in international relations and sociology, this book brings together contributions from leading IR scholars and sociological theorists to offer a unique interdisciplinary synthesis in which contemporary world politics is discussed as a differentiated social realm. Bringing Sociology to International Relations is an illuminating and innovative new resource for scholars and students which strives to respond to a significant question across all its chapters: what happens when this well-established sociological theoretical framework is transposed from the domestic level, for which it was originally designed, to the larger and more complex subject of international relations?

    • Draws from the latest research developments on differentiation theory to provide an innovative analysis of contemporary world politics as a differentiated social realm
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together IR and sociological theory to propose new solutions to the problem of theoretical fragmentation in IR
    • Links existing types of differentiation (including segmentary, stratificatory and functional) to offer a holistic approach to globalization
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039001
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: differentiation theory and international relations Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan and Michael Zürn
    Part I. Sociological Perspectives:
    2. Rationalized cultural contexts of functional differentiation George M. Thomas
    3. The history and systematics of functional differentiation in sociology Rudolf Stichweh
    4. Functional, segmentary, and stratificatory differentiation of world society Richard Münch
    Part II. On the Differentiated Structure of the International System:
    5. Differentiation: type and dimension approaches Jack Donnelly
    6. Stratificatory differentiation as a constitutive principle of the international system Lora Anne Viola
    7. Some quanta of solace: world politics in the era of functional differentiation Stephan Stetter
    Part III. On the Interplay of (Global) Function Systems:
    8. Functional differentiation and the oughts and musts of international law Oliver Kessler and Friedrich Kratochwil
    9. International institutions in a functionally differentiated world society Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
    10. Functional differentiation, globalization and the new transnational neo-pluralism Philip G. Cerny
    11. Conclusion: differentiation theory and world politics Michael Zürn, Barry Buzan and Mathias Albert.

  • Editors

    Mathias Albert, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
    Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at Bielefeld University. He has written, co-authored or edited numerous books and written or co-authored about one hundred and thirty articles and chapters. Among his books are Zur Politik der Weltgesellschaft (2002), Identities, Borders, Orders (2001, edited with David Jacobson and Yosef Lapid) and New Systems Theories of International Relations (2010, edited with Lars-Erik Cederman and Alexander Wendt). Work in progress includes A Theory of World Politics.

    Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (formerly Montague Burton Professor), and honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written, co-authored or edited over twenty books, written or co-authored more than one hundred and thirty articles and chapters, and lectured, broadcast or presented papers in over twenty countries. Among his books are: People, States and Fear: The National Security Problem in International Relations (1983, revised 2nd edition 1991); The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism (1993, with Charles Jones and Richard Little); Security: A New Framework for Analysis (1998, with Ole W�ver and Jaap de Wilde); International Systems in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations (2000, with Richard Little); Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (2003, with Ole W�ver); From International to World Society? English School Theory and the Social Structure of Globalisation (2004); The Evolution of International Security Studies (2009, with Lene Hansen) and Non-Western International Relations Theory (2010, co-edited with Amitav Acharya). Work in progress includes The Global Transformation: The 19th Century and the Making of Modern International Relations (2013, with George Lawson).

    Michael Zürn, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
    Michael Z�rn is Professor of Political Science at Free University Berlin and Director of the research unit �ransnational Conflicts and International Relations' at the Social Science Research Center, Berlin. He was founding Dean of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (2004�) and is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science. Michael Z�rn's research focuses on international institutions and organizations and their repercussions for the foundations of political order. He is concerned especially with questions of the emergence of international regimes, as well as with issues related to the effectiveness of those regimes and compliance with the regulatory systems which they establish. Latest book publications include Handbook on Multi-Level Governance (co-edited with Hendrik Enderlein and Sonja W�ltli, 2010) and Rule of Law Dynamics: In an Era of International and Transnational Governance (co-edited with Andr� Noellkaemper and Randall Peerenboom, Cambridge, 2012).


    Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan, Michael Zürn, George M. Thomas, Rudolf Stichweh, Richard Münch, Jack Donnelly, Lora Anne Viola, Stephan Stetter, Oliver Kessler, Friedrich Kratochwil, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Philip G. Cerny

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