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The Post-Cold War International System

Strategies, Institutions and Reflexivity, 1st Edition

By Ewan Harrison


196 pages

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The end of the Cold War has opened up a 'real world laboratory' in which to test and refine general theories of international relations. Using the frameworks provided by structural realism, institutionalism and liberalism, The Post-Cold War International System examines how major powers responded to the collapse of the Soviet Union and developed their foreign policies over the period of post-Cold War transition.

The book argues that the democratic peace has begun to generate powerful socialisation effects, due to the emergence of a critical mass of liberal democratic states since the end of the Cold War. The trend this has produced is similar to a pattern that classical realists have interpreted as 'bandwagoning' within a unipolar power structure. Case studies of Germany, China and Japan - identified as key states with the potential to challenge US dominance - provide evidence to support the assessment of international change. The author concludes by exploring the implications of September 11th for the analysis developed.

This important volume argues that the end of the Cold War was a major historical turning point in the development of world politics with fundamental implications for the basic way in which the dynamics of the international system are conceptualised.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Reassessing the Logic of Anarchy: Rationality versus reflexivity 3. German Foreign Policy After the Cold War 4. Japanese Foreign Policy after the Cold War 5. Chinese Foreign Policy after the Cold War 6. Conclusions 7. Postscript: September 11 2001 and its aftermath

About the Author

Ewan Harrison is the Hedley Bull Junior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security