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Power, the State, and Sovereignty

Essays on International Relations, 1st Edition

By Stephen D. Krasner


314 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Stephen Krasner has been one of the most influential theorists within international relations and international political economy over the past few decades. Power, the State, and Sovereignty is a collection of his key scholarly works. The book includes both a framing introduction written for this volume, and a concluding essay examining the relationship between academic research and the actual making of foreign policy.

Drawing on both his extensive academic work and his experiences during his recent role within the Bush administration (as Director for Policy Planning at the US State department) Krasner has revised and updated all of the essays in the collection to provide a coherent discussion of the importance of power, ideas, and domestic structures in world politics.

Progressing through a carefully structured evaluation of US domestic politics and foreign policy, international politics and finally sovereignty, this volume is essential reading for all serious scholars of international politics.


"Few scholars match Stephen Krasner in incisive analysis of central issues of world politics. These essays make strong arguments without following any party line, and even those who have read them before will benefit from seeing how they fit together."

--Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University

"Stephen Krasner is one of the most widely acclaimed scholars of international relations of the past century. This collection features in a single volume his most important and enduring works, along with an integrative introductory essay and a conclusion that reflects on his time in government service. Power, the State, and Sovereignty is a "must have" book for any serious student of international politics."

--David Lake, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Structural Causes and Regime Consequences: Regimes as Intervening Variables 3. International Political Economy: Abiding Discord 4. State Power and the Structure of International Trade 5. Global Communications and National Power 6. Globalization and Sovereignty 7. Defending the national interest: raw materials investments, and US. foreign policy 8. Sovereignty: organized hypocrisy 9. Organized Hypocrisy in 19th Century East Asia 10. Logics of Consequences and Appropriateness in the International System 11. Approaches to the State: Alternative Conceptions and Historical Dynamics 12. Sovereignty: An Institutional Perspective 13. Sharing Sovereignty: New Institutions for Collapsed and Failing States 14. From academy to policy – A View from the Inside

About the Author

Stephen D. Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution. He has served as Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department and on the National Security Council staff. He has written on US foreign policy, north-south relations and sovereignty and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions