New Norms and Knowledge in World Politics

Protecting people, intellectual property and the environment

By Preslava Stoeva

© 2010 – Routledge

272 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines the process of norm development and knowledge creation in international politics, and assesses these processes in case studies on protection from torture, intellectual property rights and climate change.

Drawing on the theories of constructivism and the sociology of scientific knowledge, author Preslava Stoeva demonstrates that international norms are a product of a sequence of closures and consensus reached at different social levels. She contends that it is this process which makes norms permeate the social and political fabric of international relations even before they become official principles of state behaviour. Proposing a theoretical model which indicates the stages of the development of norms, she studies the roles that various actors play in that process, together with the interplay of various types of power. Through this endeavour, this book succeeds in providing the reader with a better understanding of the social processes that lead to normative change in international relations.

New Norms and Knowledge in World Politics will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners of international relations, comparative politics, globalization, sociology and anthropology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Theorising Norm Development 3. Protecting Individuals from the Use of Torture 4. Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in the Pharmaceutical Industry 5. Protecting the Atmosphere to Avoid Climate Change 6. Conclusions

About the Author

Preslava Stoeva is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Hult International Business School in London, teaching a range of courses on Global Governance and International Law, Human Rights and Environmental Governance, International Relations theories and European integration.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization