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Status in World Politics

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Deborah Welch Larson, T. V. Paul, William C. Wohlforth, Alexei Shevchenko, Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, J. Patrick Rhamey, Jr, Ryan G. Baird, Keith A. Grant, Iver B. Neumann, Xiaoyu Pu, Randall L. Schweller, Mahesh Shankar, Vincent Pouliot, William R. Thompson, David A. Lake, Anne L. Clunan
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107629295

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  • Rising powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, and Turkey are increasingly claiming heightened profiles in international politics. Although differing in other respects, rising states have a strong desire for recognition and respect. This pioneering volume on status features contributions that develop propositions on status concerns and illustrate them with case studies and aggregate data analysis. Four cases are examined in depth: the United States (how it accommodates rising powers through hierarchy), Russia (the influence of status concerns on its foreign policy), China (how Beijing signals its status aspirations), and India (which has long sought major power status). The authors analyze status from a variety of theoretical perspectives and tackle questions such as: How do states signal their status claims? How are such signals perceived by the leading states? Will these status concerns lead to conflict, or is peaceful adjustment possible?

    • Shows how status rather than power can explain otherwise puzzling, nonrational behavior by states
    • A new perspective on diplomacy and negotiations - showing how status concerns influence interactions not only among great powers but middle powers and regional powers
    • Utilizes qualitative and quantitative assessments, and positivist and constructivist approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In World War I status disagreements contributed to the war. Once again in the 21st century status is becoming an important issue. Definitively and thoroughly examining status from a number of angles, this book is an indispensable source on the subject."
    Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

    "Status in World Politics is a major contribution to a heretofore neglected topic. The debate over 'status' … its meaning, causes and consequences … offered by the authors in this volume is an essential introduction to forces that have shaped world politics and will be part of the currency of competition defining the new world order."
    Michael W. Doyle, Columbia University

    "Quality essays explore and evaluate the influence of status in the foreign policy behaviour of the great powers. The analyses are rich in theoretical insights and policy implications, and are highly relevant in our era of power transitions."
    K. J. Holsti, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

    "This is a path-breaking volume. It fills an important intellectual gap by exploring with nuance and sophistication the role that status plays in shaping interstate relations and the prospects for stability in a changing world."
    Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of No One's World

    "T. V. Paul, Deborah Welch Larson, and William Wohlforth have given IR scholars the right book at the right time. The study of great power relations traditionally focuses on power. Status in World Politics calls our attention to the fact that great powers - especially rising ones - seek acknowledgment of their newfound position in the international system. This book fills a gap in the study of great power behaviour and draws our attention to the fact that prestige and status are important drivers of great power strategies. This is a path breaking book that is sure to inspire new research on this important topic."
    Christopher Layne, University Distinguished Professor and Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security, George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A and M University

    "States seek status as an end in itself as it enhances the self-esteem of leaders and peoples alike. Contributors to this volume offer useful insights into how status is achieved and signalled and how conflicts can arise when leaders of different countries make asymmetric assessments of their relative standing."
    Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, King's College London

    "… [a] valuable book …"
    Pierre Hassner, Survival

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107629295
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Status and world order Deborah Welch Larson, T. V. Paul and William C. Wohlforth
    Part II. Admission into the Great-Power Club:
    2. Managing rising powers: the role of status concerns Deborah Welch Larson and Alexei Shevchenko
    3. Status considerations in international politics and the rise of regional powers Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, J. Patrick Rhamey, Jr, Ryan G. Baird and Keith A. Grant
    4. Status is cultural: Durkheimian Poles and Weberian Russians seek great-power status Iver B. Neumann
    Part III. Status Signaling:
    5. Status dilemmas and interstate conflict William C. Wohlforth
    6. Status signaling, multiple audiences, and China's blue-water naval ambition Xiaoyu Pu and Randall L. Schweller
    Part IV. International Institutions and Status:
    7. Status accommodation through institutional means: India's rise and the global order T. V. Paul and Mahesh Shankar
    8. Setting status in stone: the negotiation of international institutional privileges Vincent Pouliot
    Part V. Status, Authority, and Structure:
    9. Status conflict, hierarchies, and interpretation dilemmas William R. Thompson
    10. Status, authority, and the end of the American century David A. Lake
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    11. Why status matters in world politics Anne L. Clunan.

  • Editors

    T. V. Paul, McGill University, Montréal
    T. V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.

    Deborah Welch Larson, University of California, Los Angeles
    Deborah Welch Larson is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    William C. Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College.


    Deborah Welch Larson, T. V. Paul, William C. Wohlforth, Alexei Shevchenko, Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, J. Patrick Rhamey, Jr, Ryan G. Baird, Keith A. Grant, Iver B. Neumann, Xiaoyu Pu, Randall L. Schweller, Mahesh Shankar, Vincent Pouliot, William R. Thompson, David A. Lake, Anne L. Clunan

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