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Theory and Practice of Paradiplomacy

Subnational Governments in International Affairs, 1st Edition

By Alexander S Kuznetsov

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174 pages

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This book examines and systematises the theoretical dimensions of paradiplomacy - the role of subnational governments in international relations.

Throughout the world, subnational governments play an active role in international relations by participating in international trade, cultural missions and diplomatic relations with foreign powers. These governments, including states in the USA and landers in Germany, can sometimes even challenge the official foreign policy of their national government. These activities, which are regularly promoting the subnational government’s interests, have been labelled as ‘paradiplomacy’. Through a systematisation of the different approaches in understanding constituent diplomacy, the author constructs an integrative theoretical explanatory framework to guide research on regional governments’ involvement in international affairs.

The framework is based on a multiple-response questionnaire technique (MRQ) which provides the matrix of possible answers on a set of key questions for paradiplomacy scholarship. This comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of paradiplomacy sheds light on the development of federalism and multi-level governance in a new global environment and contributes to the debates on the issue of 'actorness' in contemporary international affairs.

This book will be of much interest to students of diplomacy, federalism, governance, foreign policy and IR, as well as practitioners of diplomacy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Region and Paradiplomacy: in Search of a Definition 3. Paradiplomacy Studies as a Field of Scholarly Inquiry 4. The Eleven Dimensions of the Paradiplomacy Discourse 5. Constructing an Explanatory Framework for the Study of Subnational Governments’ Involvement in International Relations 6. The Province of Alberta in International Affairs: Applying the Explanatory Framework 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Alexander S. Kuznetsov is the Regional Manager (Europe) at the University of Alberta, Canada and has a PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change department from IMT (Institute for Advanced Studies), Lucca, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge New Diplomacy Studies

This new series publishes theoretically challenging and empirically authoritative studies of the traditions, functions, paradigms and institutions of modern diplomacy. Taking a comparative approach, the New Diplomacy Studies series aims to advance research on international diplomacy, publishing innovative accounts of how “old” and 'new' diplomats help steer international conduct between anarchy and hegemony, handle demands for international stability vs. international justice, facilitate transitions between international orders, and address global governance challenges. Dedicated to the exchange of different scholarly perspectives, the series aims to be a forum for inter-paradigm and inter-disciplinary debates, and an opportunity for dialogue between scholars and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security