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Paul F. Diehl and Charlotte Ku's new framework for international law divides it into operating and normative systems. The authors provide a theory of how these two systems interact, which explains how changes in one system precipitate changes and create capacity in the other. A punctuated equilibrium theory of system evolution, drawn from studies of biology and public policy studies, provides the basis for delineating the conditions for change and helps explain a pattern of international legal change that is often infrequent and sub-optimal, but still influential.Read more
- Proposes a new framework for international law, which addresss new questions
- Provides a new theory of international legal change, thereby helping analysts understand when and why new elements of the legal system appear
- Provides a nuanced view of how international law functions, showing how even the suboptimal performance of the international legal system can still influence conduct in the international system
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"Diehl and Ku's book, particularly its focus on the normative and operating systems, contributes nicely to this growing literature on international legal change."
Jacob Katz CoganUniversity of Cincinnati College of Law
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- Date Published: March 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521198523
- length: 214 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 157 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. A new framework for analysis and a model for legal change
3. The influence of normative change on the operating system
4. Extra-systemic adaptations to systemic imbalance
5. The influence of the operating system on normative change
6. Implications and future directions.
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