Changing Arms Control Norms in International Society  book cover
1st Edition

Changing Arms Control Norms in International Society

ISBN 9780367741686
Published April 30, 2021 by Routledge
186 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $49.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

When states’ survival is at stake, do states behave according to norms, do states refrain from using certain weapons based on norms against their use?

Adachi presents a comprehensive analytical framework for analysing norm dynamics, incorporating the existing literature, while expanding the norm life cycle model to address contestation of, resistance to diffusion of, and disappearance of norms. He also examines the changing nature of international society, and how the evolving characteristics of this society change how norms are shared. His focus is on norms relating to the use and non-use of weapons, with examples of how norms developed in different places and at different times with regard to particular types of weapons. From the banning of gun use in Japan under Bushido, to international bans on chemical weapons and the foundation of norms on nuclear weapons, he looks not only at how such norms come about, but how they can become contested or disappear.

A valuable contribution to the literature on norms in International Relations, this volume will be of particular interest to scholars and students with an interest in the control of arms.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Norms and Societies in International Relations 2. Emergence of Norms Regarding Weapons Use 3. Development of Norms Regarding Weapons Use in “Inter-state Society” 4. Universalization of “Inter-state Society” 5. Decreasing Autonomy of “Inter-state Society”? 6. Future of Norms Regarding Weapons Use

View More



Kenki Adachi is Director of Institute of International Relations and Area Study (IIRAS) and Professor of International Politics at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. His works include Norm Antipreneurs: The Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change (2016, chapter contribution), Norms in International Society: When States Refrain from Using Certain Weapons (2015), and The Ottawa Process: Formation Process of the Landmine Ban Regime (2004) which won 2004 Canadian Prime Minister Award.