Norms Without the Great Powers: International Law and Changing Social Standards in World Politics

Hardcover | February 9, 2017

byAdam Bower

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Norms Without the Great Powers examines the nature of power in world politics, and the particular role that law plays in defining the meaning and deployment of power in the international system. Specifically, it seeks to further explicate the social dimensions of power as the capacity to shapehow actors think about the world, in contrast to the more typical conception emphasizing material properties such as military or economic capabilities. Participating in international institutions and being seen as "law-abiding" is a potent source of status for states and non-state actors alike. Inengaging with the law, actors are inducted into a complex set of collective expectations that profoundly shape the way they frame their interests and pursue their policy goals. This process is first examined theoretically, and then through a detailed evaluation of two prominent - and challenging -multilateral institutions, the ban on antipersonnel mines and the International Criminal Court.

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Norms Without the Great Powers examines the nature of power in world politics, and the particular role that law plays in defining the meaning and deployment of power in the international system. Specifically, it seeks to further explicate the social dimensions of power as the capacity to shapehow actors think about the world, in contra...

Adam Bower is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2012. He has previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College) and the Europe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.01 inPublished:February 9, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198789874

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Non-Great Power Treaties in International Relations2. A Social Theory of Treaty Influence3. Assessing Treaty Impact4. Building a Community of Law: State Parties and the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Treaty5. Informal Adaptation: Non-Parties and the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Treat6. State Parties and the ICC7. Non-Parties and the ICC8. Lessons from the Cases9. Conclusion: Towards a Research Agenda on Non-Great Power InstitutionsAppendix: List of Interviewees cited in the text