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Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics


  • 3 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 384 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 327.2
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: JZ1305 .D54416 2015
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Diplomacy
    • World politics

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107492004)

This book examines world politics through the lens of diplomatic practice. It argues that many global phenomena of our time, from the making of international law to the constitution of international public power, through humanitarianism and the maintenance of global hierarchies, are made possible and shaped by evolving forms of diplomacy. The study of diplomacy is largely dominated by firsthand accounts and historical treaties, with little effort at theoretical discussion. This book shows how diplomatic studies can benefit from more explicit theorizing, and argues that the study of world politics should pay more attention to what goes on in the diplomatic 'engine room' of international politics.

• Brings diplomacy to the heart of IR theory and rejuvenates theoretical interest in the matter • Features rich empirical case studies of relations between diplomats and other actors • Interrogates the future of diplomacy to help illuminate changes and potentialities in the central process of world politics


Introduction Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot and Iver B. Neumann; Part I. Making of International Institutions: 1. International law and the politics of diplomacy Ian Hurd; 2. Diplomacy, war, and world politics Tarak Barkawi; 3. The practice of permanent representation to international organizations Vincent Pouliot; Part II. Making International Cooperation: 4. From representation to governing: diplomacy and the constitution of international public power Jennifer Mitzen; 5. Institutionalizing peace and reconciliation diplomacy: third-party reconciliation as systems maintenance Iver B. Neumann; 6. Christian ethics, actors, and diplomacy: mediating universalist pretentions Cecelia Lynch; Part III. Diplomacy as a Contested Terrain: 7. Diplomacy as economic consultancy Leonard Seabrooke; 8. US military diplomacy in practice Captain Miriam Krieger, Lieutenant Commander Shannon L. C. Souma and Daniel H. Nexon; 9. Diplomats and humanitarians in crisis governance Ole Jacob Sending; Conclusion. Relationalism: why diplomats find international relations theory strange Rebecca Adler-Nissen.


'As said of war and generals, diplomacy is too serious a matter to be left to the accredited representatives of the sovereign state. The authors offer new theoretical insights into the symbolic, strategic and institutional importance of traditional diplomacy while acknowledging cell-phone activists, camera-ready celebrities, humanitarian workers and lance corporals in a three-block war as the new faces of diplomacy. This collection has the jolt of an intellectual defibrillator, bringing diplomacy back from a grossly exaggerated death while nurturing emergent forms of global mediation.' James Der Derian, Director of the Centre for International Security Studies and Michael Hintze Professor of International Security, University of Sydney

'An interesting anthology of first-rate articles on the traditional and changing functions of diplomatic practices and their contribution to the constitution of world politics and to global governance.' Friedrich Kratochwil, Professor Emeritus, European University Institute, Florence

'A superb collection of essays which goes beyond proclaiming the insight that agents and structures are constituted by practice, and actually puts that insight to work to tell us new, interesting, and useful things about how diplomacy and governance actually operate.' Paul Sharp, University of Minnesota, Duluth


Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot, Iver B. Neumann, Ian Hurd, Tarak Barkawi, Jennifer Mitzen, Cecelia Lynch, Leonard Seabrooke, Captain Miriam Krieger, Lieutenant Commander Shannon L. C. Souma, Daniel H. Nexon, Rebecca Adler-Nissen

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