1st Edition

Cooperating without America
Theories and Case Studies of Non-Hegemonic Regimes

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ISBN 9780415777261
Published January 26, 2009 by Routledge
208 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The USA has long been considered dominant in the creation and shaping of global initiatives. Co-operating Without America examines a number of significant cases where, in spite of American opposition, the international community has still moved forwards with far-reaching agreements.


By incorporating work from contributors in the USA and beyond, the editors consider how such agreements are reached and what these agreements tell us about the nature of international politics today. Each chapter addresses systematically the utility and predictive power of the major theories of international relations - realism, liberalism and constructivism - to analyze which theories of international cooperation and leadership best predicted these processes and outcomes.


The detailed case studies in this book include:

    • Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change
    • International Criminal Court
    • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
    • Child Soldier Ban
    • Small Arms Programme
    • Landmine Ban


The combination of detailed theoretical analysis and case studies make this a significant contribution to scholarship in international relations, and will be of particular interest to students and scholars of international relations theory, international politics and international law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Kendall Stiles  2. Regime-Building under Hegemony: The Case of the Small Arms and Light Weapons Simone Wisotzki  3. Transnational Advocacy against the Use of Child Soldiers and Sexual ExploItation of Children Heather Heckel  4. The Hardest Problem in the World: Leadership in the Climate Regime Josh Busby  5. Environmental Regime-Building Without – And Against – The Hegemon: The Case of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Robert Falkner  6. Non-Hegemonic Cooperation and the Landmine Ban Kenneth R. Rutherford  7. Isolated Hegemon: The Creation of the International Criminal Court Nicole Deitelhoff  8. Conclusion: Is there a Future for Non-Hegemonic Cooperation? Explaining Success and Failure of Alternative Regime Creation Stefan Brem.

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Stefan Brem heads the section on Risk Analysis and Research Coordination at the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection.   

Kendall Stiles is Associate Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University, USA and the author or editor of five previous books.

Contributors: Srtefan Brem, Josh Busby, Nicole Deitelhoff, Robert Falkner, Heather Heckel, Kenneth R. Rutherford, Kendall Stiles, and Simone Wisotzki.


"This book raises important questions about the nature of international leadership and the prospects for multilateral cooperation when hegemonic states are reluctant to participate or disagree with the proposals at hand. Stefan Brem and Kendall Stiles bring together experts who analyze multilateral negotiations on a wide range of important contemporary issues, testing competing propositions from prominent power-based, liberal, and constructivist theories about the nature of leadership and likelihood of cooperation. The application and assessment of international relations theory to important contemporary cases of multilateral cooperation make this book useful for scholars and teachers of international politics"

George Shambaugh, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University, USA.