Edited by Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein, Back to Basics asks scholars to reflect on the role power plays in contemporary politics and how a power politics approach is influential today. The arguments made by the authors in this volume speak to one of three themes that run through Krasner's work: state power and hegemony; the relationship between states and markets; conceptions of the nation state in international politics. These themes appeared regularly in Krasner's scholarship as he wrestled, over his career, with fundamental questions of inter-state politics. Contributors largely agree on the centrality of power but diverge substantially on the ways power is manifest and should be measured and understood. Many of the contributors confronted the same intellectual dilemmas as Krasner in struggling to define power and its relationship to interests, yet their responses are different. Together, these essays explore new ways of thinking about power's role in contemporary politics and demonstrate the concepts continued relevance for both policy and theory.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 239 x 166 x 27 mm
In sum, this is an inspiring volume reminding us of the continued importance of state power in the contemporary world order. Just as important, it reminds us that thinking creatively and critically about international relations is indispensable if we are to understand the nature and consequences of world politics. - Anders Wivel, International Affairs
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