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Empires of Knowledge in International Relations
Education and Science as Sources of Power for the State

ISBN 9781138065246
Published March 25, 2018 by Routledge
256 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume offers the first systematic account of how education and science have become sources of power for the states in international relations and what factors have effected this development.

Drawing together extensive empirical data on the USA, the EU, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and China, Wojciuk explores the factors and mechanisms through which education and science translate into the international position of different states, highlighting how they continue to contribute to the reproduction of the centre-periphery system in global politics. Written in an accessible style, the author argues that these factors increase the likelihood of success for states in international relations, even if in themselves, they cannot guarantee it. Specifying the ways in which education and science contribute to the power of a state in international relations, Wojciuk focuses on mechanisms involved in state-building processes and economic development, and invokes cases of successful competitive strategies involving education and science.

This work will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of subjects including education research, international relations and international political economy.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Historical Background and the Theoretical Model

Chapter 2. The Role of Education and Science in the State-Building Process

Chapter 3. Human Capital and Knowledge in Economic Theory

Chapter 4. International Distribution of Power and State Strategies

Chapter 5. Structural Factors: Governance, Institutions, Norms, Transnational Regimes


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Anna Wojciuk is Associate Professor in the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland.