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Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Taming the Sovereigns: Institutional Change in International Politics Series Number 94 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Taming the Sovereigns: Institutional Change in International Politics Series Number 94 (Paperback)

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Paperback 372 Pages / Published: 22/01/2004
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Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we identify it? How do we distinguish between significant and unimportant changes? Do we really live in a new era or do we see more continuity than transformation in the texture of international politics? Combining theoretical and empirical argument, Holsti investigates eight major international institutions including the state, sovereignty, territoriality, international law, diplomacy, trade and war. Having identified the types of change these institutions have undergone during the last three centuries, Holsti analyses the sources of those changes and speculates on their consequences. This is a major book, likely to have lasting influence in the study of international politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521541923
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Holsti ... has made a major contribution in drawing attention to the need to understand how such institutions emerge, evolve and sometimes die; giving the histories of some of them; and setting out many of the tools needed to conduct such analysis.' International Affairs
'... provides one of the most thorough accounts of institutional change in world politics...' Political Studies Review
"Holsti steps back from the rush of current events to consider more broadly how scholars think about and chart international change. From his baseline conception of a 'society of states' in which relations are regulated by Westphalian norms and institutions, he finds continuity and creeping complexity more than a sharp transformation toward a de-territorialized, borderless world." Foreign Affairs
"By Combining a lucid theoretical analysis with a wealth of empirical data, Holsti has provided an argument that scholars of international politics as well as students will find thought provoking." Perspectives on Political Science
"Holsti's book is an important addition to both the growing body of literature on the nature of international change and to the ongoing debate about the fate of the sovereign state." - Daniel Nexon, Georgetown University

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