Normative State Power in International Relations

Hardcover | October 15, 2012

byMarjo Koivisto

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While the relationship between norms and the state is an omnipresent research theme in International Relations, most international theory - from classical liberalism to recent constructivism - continues to treat "normative state power" as an analytical impossibility. Scholarship within thefields of human rights, global civil society, and globalization remains primarily focused on moral evaluations and the mitigation of the geopolitical power of the state. Rarely are the normative institutional capacities of the state the focus of analysis.This book offers a new theory of normative state power in global politics. Marjo Koivisto argues that normative state power is distinct from the fiscal or military might of states. It is usually institutionalized and internalized within the state as a set of cultural norms relating to the role ofstatehood in local and global practice. By deploying both theoretical inquiry and substantive analysis of the Nordic model, the book offers a deep, institutionalist account of normative state power as exercised in relation to the welfare state. A case study of the internationalist networks of theNordic states in times of economic crises (both the 1930s and 1990s) illustrates how, thanks to the persistence of normative state power, state forms tend to outlast political and economic transformations.

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While the relationship between norms and the state is an omnipresent research theme in International Relations, most international theory - from classical liberalism to recent constructivism - continues to treat "normative state power" as an analytical impossibility. Scholarship within thefields of human rights, global civil society, a...

Marjo Koivisto is Lecturer in International Relations at University of Exeter. During 2011, she was a post-doctoral Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Koivisto was a Michael Leifer scholar at the London School of Economics, where she completed her PhD in International Relati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pagesPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199652791

ISBN - 13:9780199652792

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Problem of State Normativity in IR2. Normativity and the State in IR theory: Frameworks of Analysis3. States Are Not People: State Theory and IR4. Rethinking Normative State Power in World Politics5. Welfare States in International Relations6. Beyond the Good State: Scientific Internationalism and the Nordic Model7. Ideas Matter, But Institutions Matter MoreConclusionBibliography