This 2007 volume is intended to help readers understand the relationship between international law and international relations (IL/IR). As a testament to this dynamic area of inquiry, new research on IL/IR is now being published in a growing list of traditional law reviews and disciplinary journals. The excerpted articles in this volume, all of which were first published in International Organization, represent some of the most important research since serious social science scholarship began in this area more than twenty five years ago. They are important milestones toward making IL/IR a central concern of scholarly research in international affairs. The contributions cover some of the main topics of international affairs to provide readers with a range of theoretical perspectives, concepts, and heuristics that can be used to analyze the relationship between international law and international relations.
The study of political institutions is central to the identity of the discipline of
political science. When political science emerged as a separate Weld, it emphasized
the study of formal-legal arrangements as its exclusive subject matter (Eckstein
1963, 10–11). For a time, institutions ‘‘receded from the position they held in the
earlier theories of political scientists’’ (March and Olsen 1984, 734). Recent decades
have seen a neoinstitutionalist revival in political science—a return to the roots of
political study. This Handbook begins in that most appropriate of places, an
institutionalist call to arms by March and Olsen themselves.
While the older study of institutions is often caricatured today as having been
largely descriptive and atheoretical, more nuanced accounts of the origins of the
professionalized study of politics recall the profession’s early focus on political
institutions as prescriptive based on comparative, historical, and philosophical
considerations (see especially Chapter 6). The older studies of institutions were
rooted in law and legal institutions, focusing not only on how ‘‘the rules’’ channeled
behavior, but also on how and why the rules came into being in the Wrst
place, and, above all, whether or not the rules worked on behalf of the common
The fully updated and revised third edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field including an entirely new chapter on Realism by Jack Donnelly. The introduction explains the nature of theory and the reasons for studying international relations in a theoretically informed way. The nine chapters which follow--written by leading scholars in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand--provide thorough examinations of each of the major approaches currently prevailing in the discipline
In this book, Paul Sharp argues that we can identify a distinct diplomatic tradition of international thought derived from the unique position diplomats occupy between the groups in which we live. This tradition sheds new insights on big questions about international systems and societies and suggests innovative ways of handling contemporary international issues.
Diplomacy does not take place simply between states but wherever people
live in different groups. Paul Sharp argues that the demand for diplomacy,
and the need for the insights of diplomatic theory, are on the rise. In contrast
to conventional texts which use international relations theories to make
sense of what diplomacy and diplomats do, this book explores what diplomacy
and diplomats can contribute to the big theoretical and practical
debates in international relations today. Paul Sharp identifies a diplomatic
tradition of international thought premised on the way people live in
groups, the differences between intra- and inter-group relations, and the
perspectives which those who handle inter-group relations develop about
the sorts of international disputes which occur. He argues that the lessons of
diplomacy are that we should be reluctant to judge, ready to appease, and
alert to the partial grounds on which most universal claims about human
beings are made.
paul sharp is Professor and Head of Political Science at the University
of Minnesota, Duluth.
In the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.
Some laws teach the need for prudence (“Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”), others teach the value of confidence (“Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally”). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.
Featuring over twenty new entries, International Relations: The Key Concepts, now in its second edition, is the essential guide for anyone interested in international affairs. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it introduces the most important themes in international relations in the post 9/11 era.
Key areas cover international criminal law, human rights, the developing world (the Arab League, African Union), globalization and strategic studies. New entries include:
the English School
the Digital Divide
the War on Terror
the Bush Doctrine
the International Criminal Court
the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Featuring suggestions for further reading as well as a unique guide to web sites on international relations, this accessible guide is an invaluable aid to an understanding of this expanding field and is ideal for the student and non-specialist alike
The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (Of Principalities).However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. This was done with the permission of the Medici pope Clement VII, but "long before then, in fact since the first appearance of The Prince in manuscript, controversy had swirled about his writings"
Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the mirrors for princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative. This is only partly because it was written in the vernacular Italian rather than Latin, a practice which had become increasingly popular since the publication of Dante's Divine Comedy and other works of Renaissance literature
Combining extensive commentary by the authors and excerpts from original scholarship, International Relations Theory evaluates all the major theoretical perspectives that political scientists use to analyze world politics.
This unique survey/reader not only looks at classic international relations theory but takes into account changes in the world and important developments in the field. Highly regarded for its lucid and comprehensive coverage, International Relations Theory explains the role of theory in studying world politics and invites readers to critically engage the field’s many controversies.
As the 2008 presidential race dominates political discussion and media coverage worldwide, thousands of lesser-known local contests are being hard-fought in our neighborhoods, cities, and states. Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way is based on the work of Wellstone Action, a leading-edge progressive training center that has instructed thousands of political activists, campaign managers, and volunteers, of whom more than two hundred have gone on to run for office and win. Jeff Blodgett and Bill Lofy analyze the crucial lessons learned from many successful (and several losing) campaigns and demystifies what it takes to run for-and win-a political seat.
This highly acclaimed introduction to the essential elements of the American political system is now available in a new edition, having been fully revised and updated to take into account the considerable developments in American politics over the last ten years.
Written in an accessible manner, Politics in the USA establishes a framework from which to understand the intricacies of politics in the world's most powerful nation.