The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics by Hedley BullThe Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics by Hedley Bull

The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics

byHedley BullForeword byAndrew Hurrell

Paperback | July 3, 2012

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In this fundamental text, Hedley Bull explores three key questions: What is the nature of order in world politics? How is it maintained within the contemporary states system? And do desirable and feasible alternatives to the states system exist? Contrary to common claims, Bull asserts that the sovereign states system is not in decline. Rather, it persists and thrives, as it is essential to maintaining an international world order.

More than three decades after its publication, Bull's classic work continues to define and direct research in international relations. In this thirty-fifth anniversary edition, the text has been updated and includes a new interpretive foreword by the world's leading expert on Bull and his contributions to the theory, structures, and practices of world politics. The Anarchical Society identifies and confronts the unwritten rules supporting the international order across history, despite sweeping changes in laws and institutions. It considers and rejects the idea that the states system is giving way to an alternative world government or some method of neo-medieval rule or that the states system has ceased to be viable or compatible with objectives such as peace, economic justice, and ecological control. Bull also reviews and comments upon a variety of proposals for states system reform.

Hedley Bull (1932-1985) was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. He also taught at the Australian National University and the London School of Economics.Andrew Hurrell is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University. He is the author of On...
Title:The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Andrew HurrellForeword to the Second Edition by Stanley HoffmannIntroductionPart I. The Nature of Order in World Politics1. The Concept of Order in World Politics2. Does Order Exist in World Politics?3. How is Order Maintained in World Politics?4. Order versus Justice in World PoliticsPart II. Order in the Contemporary International System5. The Balance of Power and International Order6. International Law and International Order7. Diplomacy and International Order8. War and International Order9. The Great Powers and International OrderPart III. Alternative Paths to World Order10. Alternatives to the Contemporary States System11. The Decline of the States System?12. The Obsolescence of the States System13. The Reform of the States System?14. ConclusionNotes and ReferencesIndex

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