Taming the Sovereigns: Institutional Change in International Politics (Cambridge Studies in International Relations 94)

Taming the Sovereigns: Institutional Change in International Politics (Cambridge Studies in International Relations 94)

By: K. J. Holsti (author)Paperback

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Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we identify it? How do we distinguish between significant and unimportant changes? Do we really live in a new era or do we see more continuity than transformation in the texture of international politics? Combining theoretical and empirical argument, Holsti investigates eight major international institutions including the state, sovereignty, territoriality, international law, diplomacy, trade and war. Having identified the types of change these institutions have undergone during the last three centuries, Holsti analyses the sources of those changes and speculates on their consequences. This is a major book, likely to have lasting influence in the study of international politics.

About Author

Kalevi J. Holsti is Research Associate at the Centre for International Relations and University Killam Professor, Political Science (Emeritus), at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The State, War, and the State of War (1995), Peace and War: Armed Conflicts and International Order, 1648-1989 (1991), Change in the International System (1991), The Dividing Discipline (1985), Why Nations Realign (1983) and International Politics: a Framework for Analysis (7 editions).


1. The problem of change in international relations: rhetoric, markers, and metrics; 2. The state as agent and institution; 3. Territoriality; 4. Sovereignty; 5. International law; 6. Diplomacy; 7. Trade; 8. Colonialism; 9. War; 10. International institutions: types, sources and consequences of change.

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  • ISBN13: 9780521541923
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 372
  • ID: 9780521541923
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 0521541921

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