Empires of Knowledge in International Relations: Education and Science as Sources of Power for the State, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Empires of Knowledge in International Relations

Education and Science as Sources of Power for the State, 1st Edition

By Anna Wojciuk


242 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties