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Routledge Handbook of State Recognition

1st Edition

Edited by Gëzim Visoka, John Doyle, Edward Newman

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544 pages

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pub: 2019-09-16
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Description

This new handbook provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the theoretical and empirical aspects of state recognition in international politics.

Although the recognition of states plays a central role in shaping global politics, it remains an under-researched and widely dispersed subject. Coherently and innovatively structured, the handbook brings together a group of international scholars who examine the most important theoretical and comparative perspectives on state recognition, including debates about pathways to secession and self-determination, the broad range of actors and strategies that shape the recognition of states, and a significant number of contemporary case studies.

The handbook is organised into four key sections:

  • Theoretical and Normative Perspectives
  • Pathways to Independent Statehood
  • Actors, Forms, and the Process of State Recognition
  • Cases Studies of Contemporary State Recognition

This handbook will be of great interest to students of foreign policy, international relations, international law, comparative politics, and area studies.

Reviews

'The most comprehensive review of the highly relevant and contested doctrine and practice on recognition - a magnificent resource for years to come.'-- Marc Weller, University of Cambridge, UK.

'The Routledge Handbook of State Recognition offers a unique and valuable collection of contributions to the study of the theory and practice state recognition that ventures far beyond the traditional concerns of international law. A truly interdisciplinary work that integrates a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives on recognition, this handbook should be of great value to scholars and advanced students of international relations, political theory, and international law.'--Jens Bartelson, Lund University, Sweden

'This handbook examines how and why the world's political map changes. Gathering experts from multiple fields, it is the best single collection on how certain new states get recognized and how other aspiring states exist in a grey zone, unrecognized on the map but unavoidable on the ground.'--Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech, Washington DC, USA

'The politics of recognition form the core of the state-based international order and its evolution. In this volume, Visoka, Doyle and Newman assemble a top-notch group of scholars with diverse theoretical perspectives and expertise. The resulting conversation, and the handbook, is more than the sum of its parts. It is perhaps even more important, however, for its timeliness as conflicts on the mend are newly raw, cold conflicts are becoming more violent, and ever more discontents consider demanding unilateral independence.'-- Bridget Coggins, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Statehood and Recognition in World Politics Gëzim Visoka, Edward Newman, and John Doyle

PART I: Theoretical and Normative Perspectives

2. Theories of State Recognition Rowan Nicholson and Thomas D. Grant

3. The Evolution of State Recognition Mikulas Fabry

4. International Law and State Recognition Peter Radan

5. Sovereignty, Self-determination, and State Recognition Costas Laoutides

6. The Ethics of State Recognition Christopher Naticchia

7. Power Politics and State Recognition Milena Sterio

8. International Recognition and Human Rights Treaties Ralph Wilde

9. State Recognition in a Transitional International Order Edward Newman

PART II: Pathways to Independent Statehood

10. Pathways to Independence and State Recognition James Summers

11. Dynamics of Secession and State Birth Ryan Griffiths

12. Referendums and Recognition of States Matt Qvortrup

13. Unilateral Secession Aleksandar Pavković

14. Remedial Secession Michel Seymour

PART III: Actors, Forms, and the Process of State Recognition

15. Bilateral Recognition of States Brad R. Roth

16. Recognition of Governments M.J. Peterson

17. Statehood and Collective Recognition: Practice of States and UN Organs Jure Vidmar

18. Collective Non-Recognition of States Nina Caspersen

19. Engagement Without Recognition Bruno Coppieters

20. Parliamentary Recognition Chiara Loda and John Doyle

21. Recognition of States by Regional Organisations: The European Union’s Contested Experience Gëzim Visoka and Edward Newman

22. International Court of Justice and the Recognition of States Gentian Zyberi

23. The Counter-Diplomacy of State Recognition James Ker-Lindsay

24. State Fragility and Diplomatic Recognition Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

25. The Derecognition of States Gëzim Visoka

26. Contested States and their Everyday Quest for Recognition Dimitris Bouris and Irene Fernandez-Molina

Part IV: Cases Studies of Contemporary State Recognition

27. Palestine Yaser Alashqar

28. Taiwan Timothy S. Rich and Andi Dahmer

29. Western Sahara Irene Fernandez-Molina and Matthew Porges

30. South Sudan Walt Kilroy

31. Kosovo Gëzim Visoka

32. Somaliland Scott Pegg

33. Abkhazia and South Ossetia Donnacha Ó Beacháin

34. Transdniestria and Northern Cyprus Daria Isachenko

35. Brexit and the Question of Irish Unity Eileen Connolly and John Doyle

36. Towards a Critical Agenda on State Recognition Gëzim Visoka

About the Editors

Gëzim Visoka is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.

John Doyle is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at Dublin City University, Ireland.

Edward Newman is a Professor of International Security in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS026000
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General