‘Written by a world leading constructivist thinker, this book combines intellectual sophistication with meticulous empirical analysis to provide a superb theoretical account of the co-management of international crises. A must read for scholars and practitioners of international relations.'
Corneliu Bjola - University of Oxford
‘In this rich, theoretically rigorous and meticulously researched book, Markus Kornprobst brings forth the micro-foundations of crisis management, especially those involving multiple parties. This is an impressive and valuable contribution on a long-neglected subject and a must read for all those who are concerned about international crises and world order.'
T. V. Paul - James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Canada and author of Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era
‘This is one of the first books which analyzes the co-management of major international crises by showing how the judgments of European decision-makers is highly dependent on the nature of their communication. A brilliant demonstration on how research can combine psychology of leaders and communication circuits to understand major international decisions.'
Christian Lequesne - Sciences Po – CERI, Paris
‘This conceptually sophisticated and empirically rich study emphasizes the importance of reasoning and communication. Most crises involve multiple parties who must formulate and pursue common goals if they are to succeed. Drawing on literature in international relations, sociology, and psychology, Kornprobst develops an elegant and compelling theoretical framework that examines actor political beliefs and commitments, how they promote possible understandings of a challenge, efforts to communicate and justify these understandings, and subsequent reflection and possible reframings in the course of mutual interactions. He demonstrates the utility of the framework in crises confronted collectively by Britain, France, and Germany. The book should become a classic in the field.'
Richard Ned Lebow - King's College London
‘… the stimulating perspective of Kornprobst genuinely connects theories of communicative action inspired by Jürgen Habermas with the work on social practices of Pierre Bourdieu, therefore demonstrating how profitable European social theories can be to students of IR.’
Source: European Review of International Studies