Recognizing the vital importance of concepts in shaping our understanding of international relations, this ground-breaking new book puts concepts front and centre, systematically unpacking them in a clear, critical and engaging way.
With contributions from some of the foremost authorities in the field, Concepts in World Politics explores 17 core concepts, from democracy to globalization, sovereignty to revolution, and covers:
The multiple meanings of a concept, where these meanings come from, and how they are employed theoretically and practically
The consequences of using concepts to frame the world in one way or another
The method of concept analysis
A challenging and stimulating read, Concepts in World Politics is an indispensable guide for all students of international relations looking to develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of world politics.
Felix Berenskoetter is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at SOAS, University of London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and specializes in international theory and concepts, in particular friendship, identity, power, security, peace, and time; as well as German foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations. He has published articles in various journals and co-edited Power in World Politics (Routledge, 2007). Felix is a former editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, founder and former chair of the ISA Theory Section and currently an associate editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies.
Chapter 1: Unpacking Concepts - Felix Berenskoetter PART 1: CLAIMS Chapter 2: Power - Stefano Guzzini Chapter 3: Security - Holger Stritzel/Juha Vuori Chapter 4: Rationality - Annette Freyberg-Inan Chapter 5: Identity - Richard Ned Lebow PART 2: CONDITIONS Chapter 6: War - Antoine Bousquet Chapter 7: Peace - Oliver Richmond/Felix Berenskoetter Chapter 8: Anarchy - Alex Prichard Chapter 9: Society - Oliver Kessler/Benjamin Herborth Chapter 10: Capitalism - Benno Teschke/Frido Wenten PART 3: SYSTEMS OF GOVERNANCE Chapter 11: Sovereignty - Tanja Aalberts Chapter 12: Hegemony - Alejandro Colas Chapter 13: Democracy - Piki Ish-Shalom Chapter 14: Religion - Maria Birnbaum PART 4: MODES OF TRANSFORMATION Chapter 15: Revolution - Rahul Rao Chapter 16: Intervention - David Chandler Chapter 17: Integration - Thomas Diez Chapter 18: Globalization - Stephan Stetter