1st Edition

Great Power Multilateralism and the Prevention of War Debating a 21st Century Concert of Powers

Edited By Harald Muller, Carsten Rauch Copyright 2018
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Great-power conflict and great-power war are still the most dangerous risks the international community is facing today. This edited volume investigates the feasibility of a modern day concert of powers as a way for managing the risk of great power conflicts in the 21st century. The volume takes its inspiration from history.

    The 19th century European Concert was not only able to ensure a period of exceptional peacefulness among the European great powers, it also limited the scope and duration of the few wars that did break out. The chapter authors discuss the achievements and limits of the historical concert, define the requirements that a new concert would have to meet, critically evaluate obstacles and risks of the approach and indicate how a 21st century concert of powers could complement, and fit into, the present legal and institutional setting of global politics.

    This volume offers a systematic examination of the norms and tools of the historical template and scrutinizes these tools for their utility in our time. It will be of great interest to a wide range of scholars and students in areas such as International Relations, History and International Law.


    Part I: Laying the Groundwork

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Risks of Great Power Conflict in the 21st Century

    Harald Müller, Carsten Rauch and Iris Wurm

    Chapter 2: The Concert of Europe and International Security Governance: How did it Operate, What did it Accomplish, What were its Shortcomings, What can we Learn?

    Matthias Schulz

    Chapter 3: Concerts as a Mode of Ordering in World Politics: An Ideal Type Approach

    Adam Humphreys

    Part II: Marking the Challenges

    Chapter 4: The Dark Side of the European Concert of Powers: Caveats to be Taken into Account for Successfully Managing Peace

    Andreas Fahrmeir

    Chapter 5: The Dangers of Great Power Connivance

    Bertrand Badie

    Chapter 6: The Club Practices of Concert Diplomacy. The Paradox and Effects of Selective Cooperation with Global Objectives

    Mélanie Albaret and Delphine Lagrange

    Chapter 7: The Concert and Existing Organizations and Legal Structures at the Global Level

    Stefan Kadelbach

    Part III: Tackling Diversity and Exclusion: Common Norms, Justice and Legitimacy

    Chapter 8: The Normative Foundations for a New Global Concert in an Age of Western Retrenchment

    Kyle Lascurettes and Sara B. Moller

    Chapter 9: The Concert of Powers and Competing Government Models

    Hans-Joachim Spanger

    Chapter 10: Just a Concert or a Just Concert: The Role of Justice and Fairness Considerations

    Harald Müller, Daniel Müller and Carsten Rauch

    Chapter 11: The Exclusion Problem and the Need for Legitimacy

    Konstanze Jüngling and Siddharth Mallavarapu

    Chapter 12: Ownership Matters in a 21st Century Concert of Powers

    Pang Zhongying and Mao Weizhun

    Part IV: Accounting for the Differences: Adapting to 21st Century Circumstances

    Chapter 13: Between Informality and Formality: Concert Operations in a Densely Institutionalized World

    Kanti Bajpai and Harald Müller

    Chapter 14: Concert of Concerts: The Geopolitical Role of Regional Inter-State Organizations

    Alexander Nikitin and Oleg Demidov

    Chapter 15: Great Power Accommodation, Nuclear Weapons and Concerts of Power

    Nicola Leveringhaus and Andrew Hurrell


    Chapter 16: Managing Power Transitions with a Concert of Powers

    Harald Müller and Carsten Rauch


    Harald Müller has been Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) for twenty years and Professor of International Relations at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He retired in 2016.

    Carsten Rauch is a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany. He received his PhD from Goethe University in 2013.