1st Edition

Domestic Politics and Norm Diffusion in International Relations Ideas do not float freely

By Thomas Risse Copyright 2017
    328 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book collects Thomas Risse's most important articles together in a single volume. Covering a wide range of issues – the end of the Cold War, transatlantic relations, the "democratic peace," human rights, governance in areas of limited statehood, Europeanization, European identity and public spheres, most recently comparative regionalism – it is testament to the breadth and excellence of this highly respected International Relations scholar's work. The collection is organized thematically – domestic politics and international relations, international sources of domestic change, and the diffusion of ideas and institutions – and a brand new introductory essay provides additional coherence.

    This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of International Relations, European Politics, and Comparative Politics.

    1. Domestic Politics and Norm Diffusion in International Relations: An Intellectual Journey

    Part I: From the Inside Out: The Domestic Politics of International Relations

    2. Public Opinion, Domestic Structure, and Foreign Policy in Liberal Democracies (1991)

    2. Democratic Peace - Warlike Democracies? A Social Constructivist Interpretation of the Liberal Argument (1995)

    3. Collective Identity in a Democratic Community: The Case of NATO (1996)

    Part II: From the Outside In: The International Sources of Domestic Change

    4. The Socialization of International Human Rights Norms in Domestic Practices: Introduction (with Kathryn Sikkink) (1999)

    5. Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe (with Tanja A. Börzel) (2003)

    6. European Institutions and Identity Change: What Have We Learned? (2004)

    7. External Actors, State-Building, and Service Provision in Areas of Limited Statehood: Introduction (with Stephen D. Krasner) (2014)

    Part III: In Between Spaces: Transnational Relations and the Diffusion of Ideas and Institutions

    8. Ideas do not float freely: transnational coalitions, domestic structures, and the end of the cold war (1994)

    9. Let's Argue! Persuasion and Deliberation in International Relations (2000)

    10. From Europeanization to Diffusion. Introduction (with Tanja A. Börzel) (2012)


    Thomas Risse is Director of the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He has previously held teaching positions at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. He has also taught at Cornell, Yale, Stanford, and Harvard universities and at the University of Wyoming. He is co-ordinator of the Collaborative Research Center 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and co-director of the DFG funded Research College The Transformative Power of Europe.

    "Almost three decades of research and writing by one of the world’s most preeminent scholars of international relations has been collected in this handy volume. From peace and conflict studies to transnational norms, no scholar has contributed more to a wider range and deeper thinking on world politics, human rights, and governance than Thomas Risse. Read this collection and you will have a thorough knowledge of a brilliant scholar’s train of thought and an insight into his massive impact on the field of international relations." - Beth Simmons, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    "This collection of essays provides a roadmap for an intellectual journey with Thomas Risse -- one of most influential International Relations Scholars of the last decades. The collection displays the inner logic of Risse’s contributions and how they belong together. At the same time, it teaches us a lot about the development of the field." - Michael Zürn, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany.

    "In our globalized world and fragmented discipline, this book is a wonderful reminder of the benefits from thinking across sub-field lines and a bit ‘outside the box.’ In this collection of his major works – accompanied by an excellent synthesizing/where-next introduction - Thomas Risse demonstrates the theoretical and real-world benefits of systematically thinking about and connecting the domestic and international. Including work that spans nearly 25 years, the book also provides a fascinating look at the evolving thinking of one of the major theorists of our time. A must read – for both comparativists and IR scholars!" - Jeffrey T. Checkel, Simon Fraser University, Canada.