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Hierarchies in World Politics

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Ayse Zarakol, David Lake, Andrew Phillips, Michael Barnett, Laura Sjoberg, Vincent Pouliot, J. C. Sharman, Alex Cooley, Sarah Stroup, Wendy Wong, Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Shogo Suzuki, Jack Donnelly
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416634

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  • Globalizing processes are gathering increased attention for complicating the nature of political boundaries, authority and sovereignty. Recent examples of global financial and political turmoil have also created a sense of unease about the durability of the modern international order and the ability of our existing theoretical frameworks to explain system dynamics. In light of the inadequacies of traditional international relation (IR) theories in explaining the contemporary global context, a growing range of scholars have been seeking to make sense of world politics through an analytical focus on hierarchies instead. Until now, the explanatory potential of such research agendas and their implications for the discipline went unrecognized, partly due to the fragmented nature of the IR field. To address this gap, this ground-breaking book brings leading IR scholars together in a conversation on hierarchy and thus moves the discipline in a direction better equipped to deal with the challenges of the twenty-first century.

    • Brings together leading scholars from a broad range of epistemological commitments
    • Each chapter features an empirical component allowing readers to see how theoretical frameworks on hierarchy can be used to discuss empirical puzzles
    • The introduction and concluding chapters provide an in-depth overview of the hierarchy research agenda and are a go-to reference source for anyone working on hierarchies in the international system
    • Presents a new, non-dogmatic way of approaching the theorization and study of world politics, using hierarchy as an organizing concept
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    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416634
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Theorizing hierarchies Ayse Zarakol
    Part I. Forms of Hierarchy – Origins, Nature and Intersections:
    1. Laws and norms in the making of international hierarchies David Lake
    2. Making empires: hierarchy, conquest and customization Andrew Phillips
    3. Hierarchy and paternalism Michael Barnett
    4. Revealing international hierarchy through gender lenses Laura Sjoberg
    5. Against authority: the heavy weight of international hierarchy Vincent Pouliot
    Part II. How Actors Experience Hierarchies:
    6. Hierarchy in an age of equality: micro-states and dependencies J. C. Sharman
    7. 'Command and control?' Hierarchy in the politics of foreign military bases Alex Cooley
    8. Leading authority as hierarchy among INGOs Sarah Stroup and Wendy Wong
    9. 'Lazy Greeks' and 'Nazi Germans': negotiating international hierarchies in the Euro crisis Rebecca Adler-Nissen
    10. 'Subcultural groupings' in international system hierarchy: China in Africa Shogo Suzuki
    11. Beyond hierarchy Jack Donnelly
    12. Why hierarchy? Ayse Zarakol

  • Editor

    Ayşe Zarakol, University of Cambridge
    Ayse Zarakol is University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Emmanuel College. She is author of After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West (Cambridge, 2011).


    Ayse Zarakol, David Lake, Andrew Phillips, Michael Barnett, Laura Sjoberg, Vincent Pouliot, J. C. Sharman, Alex Cooley, Sarah Stroup, Wendy Wong, Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Shogo Suzuki, Jack Donnelly

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