1st Edition

Ordering International Politics
Identity, Crisis and Representational Force

ISBN 9780415948975
Published November 24, 2004 by Routledge
320 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

How do states sustain international order during crises? Drawing on the political philosophy of Lyotard and through an empirical examination of the Anglo-American international order during the 1956 Suez Crisis, Bially Mattern demonstrates that states can (and do) use representational force--a forceful but non-physical form of power exercised through language--to stabilize international identity and in turn international order.


"Janice Bially Mattern's impressive first book comes with all barrels loaded... An important addition to the literature." --Perspectives on Politics