New International Relations

Series Editors: Richard Little, Iver B. Neumann, Jutta Weldes

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years. This series covers the major issues that have emerged and reflects the latest academic thinking in this particularly dynamic arena.


The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years. This series covers the major issues that have emerged and reflects the latest academic thinking in this particularly dynamic arena.

  • The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations

    Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics, 2nd Edition

    By Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

    There are many different scientifically valid ways to produce knowledge. The field of International Relations should pay closer attention to these methodological differences, and to their implications for concrete research on world politics. The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations…

    Paperback – 2016-02-29 
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  • Russia and the Idea of Europe

    A Study in Identity and International Relations, 2nd Edition

    By Iver B. Neumann

    Paperback – 2016-02-29 
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  • International Organizations in Practice

    The United Nations, Peacebuilding and Praxiography

    By Christian Bueger

    International organizations are the capitals of global governance with many functions from policy making and implementation; to peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction and development. They also organize the international flow of knowledge and have become a key building block of the epistemic…

    Hardback – 2015-11-29 
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  • Nuclear Realism

    Global Political Thought during the Thermonuclear Revolution

    By Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest

    This book claims that the need for new, substantive thinking about nuclear weapons presents a significant opportunity to reassess and broaden our view of realism in politics. What, today, is a realist response to nuclear weapons? This book is animated by the idea that contemporary attempts to…

    Hardback – 2015-11-29 
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  • A Practice of Ethics for Global Politics

    Ethical Reflexivity

    By Jack L. Amoureux

    What kind of ethics in world politics is possible if there is no foundation for moral knowledge or global reality is at least complex and contingent? Furthermore, how can an ethics grapple with difference, a persistent and confounding feature for global politics? This book responds to the call for…

    Hardback – 2015-10-11 
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  • Reflexivity and International Relations

    Positionality, Critique, and Practice

    Edited by Jack L Amoureux, Brent J. Steele

    Reflexivity has become a common term in IR scholarship with a variety of uses and meanings. Yet for such an important concept and referent, understandings of reflexivity have been more assumed rather than developed by those who use it, from realists and constructivists to feminists and…

    Paperback – 2015-09-17 
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  • Boredom, Colonialism and War

    Dreams of Power and Agency, 1870-1930

    By Erik Ringmar

    Why is liberalism unable to account for the violence which persists in modern society? Boredom, Colonialism and War is a wide ranging IR study which looks at the role of cutural systems in warfare, the modern condition and the failure of globalization to halt war through international free trade.…

    Hardback – 2015-06-30
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  • Justice, Order and Anarchy

    The International Political Theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

    By Alex Prichard

    This book provides a contextual account of the first anarchist theory of war and peace, and sheds new light on our contemporary understandings of anarchy in International Relations. Although anarchy is arguably the core concept of the discipline of international relations, scholarship has largely…

    Paperback – 2015-05-21
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  • Alker and IR

    Global Studies in an Interconnected World

    Edited by Renée Marlin-Bennett

    International Relations have rarely been considered a synthesis of humanistic and social sciences approaches to understand the complex connections of a global, and globalizing, world. One of the few scholars to have accomplished this creative blend was Hayward R. Alker. Alker and IR presents a set…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • The International Political Sociology of Security

    Rethinking Theory and Practice

    By Trine Villumsen Berling

    This book builds a theoretical approach to the intractable problem of theory/practice in international relations (IR) and develops tools to study how theory and practice ‘hang together’ in international security. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s political sociology, the book argues that theory and…

    Hardback – 2015-02-16
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  • Small State Status Seeking

    Norway's Quest for International Standing

    Edited by Benjamin de Carvalho, Iver B Neumann

    Status-seeking is an important aspect of the foreign policies of a number of small states, but one that has been rarely studied. This book aims to contribute to our understanding not only of status-seeking, by coming at that question from a new angle, that of a small state, but also to our…

    Hardback – 2014-08-25
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  • Africa and the Expansion of International Society

    Surrendering the Savannah

    By John Anthony Pella, Jr

    This book explores the West-Central African role in, and experience during, the expansion of international society. Building upon theoretical contributions from the English School of international relations, historical sociology and sociology, it departs from Euro-centric assumptions by analysing…

    Hardback – 2014-08-17
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  • Critical Security Methods

    New frameworks for analysis

    Edited by Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Andrew Neal, Nadine Voelkner

    Critical Security Methods offers a new approach to research methods in critical security studies. It argues that methods are not simply tools to bridge the gap between security theory and security practice. Rather, to practise methods critically means engaging in a more free and experimental…

    Paperback – 2014-07-28
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  • China in UN Security Council Decision-Making on Iraq

    Conflicting Understandings, Competing Preferences

    By Suzanne Xiao Yang

    With the rupture of the UN Security Council in March 2003 over the US spearheaded intervention in Iraq, the attempts made to subject the use of force to the rule of law had failed. Widespread Europe-US disagreement of the role of the UNSC has hindered more effective decisions for China and its…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
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  • Constructing Global Enemies

    Hegemony and Identity in International Discourses on Terrorism and Drug Prohibition

    By Eva Herschinger

    Constructing Global Enemies asks how and why specific interpretations of international terrorism and drug abuse have become hegemonic at the global level. The book analyses the international discourses on terrorism and drug prohibition and compares efforts to counter both, not only from a…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
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  • Arguing Global Governance

    Agency, Lifeworld and Shared Reasoning

    Edited by Corneliu Bjola, Markus Kornprobst

    This book deals with the questions of how global governance can and ought to effectively address serious global problems, such as financial instability, military conflicts, distributive injustice and increasing concerns of ecological disasters. Providing a unified theoretical framework, the…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • International Relations and Identity

    A Dialogical Approach

    By Xavier Guillaume

    International Relations and Identity examines the issue of collective political identity formation and expands the concept of the international beyond the notion of states. Providing a dialogical approach to questions of identity and alterity in International Relations, the author considers how…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • NATO’s Security Discourse after the Cold War

    Representing the West

    By Andreas Behnke

    This book analyses the way in which the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) defines the West after the end of the Cold War and the demise of its constitutive ‘Other’, the Soviet Union. The book offers a theoretical critique of liberal approaches to security, and focuses on NATO’s…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • Ontological Security in International Relations

    Self-Identity and the IR State

    By Brent J. Steele

    The central assertion of this book is that states pursue social actions to serve self-identity needs, even when these actions compromise their physical existence. Three forms of social action, sometimes referred to as ‘motives’ of state behaviour (moral, humanitarian, and honour-driven) are…

    Paperback – 2014-05-18
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  • Emancipatory International Relations

    Critical Thinking in International Relations

    By Roger D. Spegele

    International relations theory is witnessing a veritable explosion of works within the areas of modernism and postmodernism, yet there has been no attempt to compare these theories and their sources according to a common criterion or logical form. This author argues that while these…

    Hardback – 2014-05-12
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  • Liberalism and War

    The Victors and the Vanquished

    By Andrew Williams

    Military power is now the main vehicle for regime change. The US army has been used on more than 30 different occasions in the post-Cold War world compared with just 10 during the whole of the Cold War era. Leading scholar Andrew Williams tackles contemporary thinking on war with this…

    Paperback – 2014-04-27
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  • Constructing Sovereignty between Politics and Law

    By Tanja E. Aalberts

    This book explores the interplay between sovereignty, politics and law through different conceptualizations of sovereignty. Despite developments such as European integration, globalization, and state failure, sovereignty proves to be a resilient institution in contemporary international politics.…

    Paperback – 2014-03-13
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  • Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance

    Edited by Michael J. Struett, Jon D. Carlson, Mark T. Nance

    Piratical attacks have become more frequent, violent, costly and increasingly threaten to undermine order in the international system. Much attention has focused on Somalia, but piracy is a problem worldwide. Recent coordination efforts among states in South East Asia appear to have helped in the…

    Paperback – 2014-02-13
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  • European Integration and Postcolonial Sovereignty Games

    The EU Overseas Countries and Territories

    Edited by Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Ulrik Pram Gad

    This book examines how sovereignty works in the context of European integration and postcolonialism. Focusing on a group of micro-polities associated with the European Union, it offers a new understanding of international relations in the context of modern sovereignty. This book offers a…

    Paperback – 2013-10-28
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  • The Dao of World Politics

    Towards a Post-Westphalian, Worldist International Relations

    By L. H. M. Ling

    This book draws on Daoist yin/yang dialectics to move world politics from the current stasis of hegemony, hierarchy, and violence to a more balanced engagement with parity, fluidity, and ethics. The author theorizes that we may develop a richer, more representative approach towards sustainable and…

    Paperback – 2013-10-08
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  • International Orders in the Early Modern World

    Before the Rise of the West

    Edited by Shogo Suzuki, Yongjin Zhang, Joel Quirk

    This book examines the historical interactions of the West and non-Western world, and investigates whether or not the exclusive adoption of Western-oriented ‘international norms’ is the prerequisite for the construction of international order. This book sets out to challenge the Eurocentric…

    Hardback – 2013-08-21
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  • Power, Realism and Constructivism

    By Stefano Guzzini

    Winner of the 2014 International Studies Association Theory Section Book Award Framed by a new and substantial introductory chapter, the book collects Stefano Guzzini’s research on power, realism and constructivism. It explores the diversity of different schools and their intrinsic tensions and…

    Paperback – 2013-07-31
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  • The United States and Great Power Responsibility in International Society

    Drones, Rendition and Invasion

    By Wali Aslam

    This book evaluates American foreign policy actions from the perspective of great power responsibility, with three case studies: Operation Iraqi Freedom, American drone strikes in Pakistan and the post- 9/11 practice of extraordinary rendition. This book argues that the US invasion of Iraq in 2003…

    Hardback – 2013-06-24
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  • The Politics of Becoming European

    A study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War security imaginaries

    By Maria Mälksoo

    This book weaves together perspectives drawn from critical international relations, anthropology and social theory in order to understand the Polish and Baltic post-Cold War politics of becoming European. Approaching the study of Europe’s eastern enlargement through a post-colonial critique,…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • War in International Society

    By Lacy Pejcinovic

    Is war an institution of international society and how is it constituted as such across the evolution of international society? This book is an inquiry into the purpose of war as a social institution, as originally put forward by Hedley Bull. It offers a comprehensive examination of what is…

    Hardback – 2013-04-04
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  • Bourdieu in International Relations

    Rethinking Key Concepts in IR

    Edited by Rebecca Adler-Nissen

    This book rethinks the key concepts of International Relations by drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu. The last few years have seen a genuine wave of publications promoting sociology in international relations. Scholars have suggested that Bourdieu’s vocabulary can be applied to study security,…

    Paperback – 2013-02-18
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  • Making Sense, Making Worlds

    Constructivism in Social Theory and International Relations

    By Nicholas Onuf

    Nicholas Onuf is a leading scholar in international relations and introduced constructivism to international relations, coining the term constructivism in his book World of Our Making (1989). He was featured as one of twelve scholars featured in Iver B. Neumann and Ole Wæver, eds., The Future of…

    Paperback – 2012-09-17
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  • The Scandinavian International Society

    Primary Institutions and Binding Forces, 1815-2010

    By Laust Schouenborg

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of Scandinavia as a regional international society, including the Nordic Peace and the rise of the Scandinavian welfare state. Schouenborg aims to take the next big step in the theoretical development of the English School of International Relations -…

    Hardback – 2012-07-17
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  • World of Our Making

    Rules and Rule in Social Theory and International Relations

    By Nicholas Onuf

    World of our Making is a major contribution to contemporary social science. Now reissued in this volume, Onuf’s seminal text is key reading for anyone who wishes to study modern international relations. Onuf understands all of international relations to be a matter of rules and rule in foreign…

    Paperback – 2012-07-05
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  • International Relations and the First Great Debate

    Edited by Brian Schmidt

    This book provides an authoritative account of the controversy about the first great debate in the field of International Relations. Of all the self-images of International Relations, none is as pervasive and enduring as the notion that a great debate pitting idealists against realists took place…

    Paperback – 2012-05-09
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  • The International Politics of Judicial Intervention

    Creating a More Just Order

    By Andrea Birdsall

    This volume considers the most recent demands for justice within the international system, examining how such aspirations often conflict with norms of state sovereignty and non-intervention. From an interdisciplinary approach that combines issues of International Relations with International Law,…

    Paperback – 2011-10-06
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  • Civilization and Empire

    China and Japan's Encounter with European International Society

    By Shogo Suzuki

    This book critically examines the influence of International Society on East Asia, and how its attempts to introduce ‘civilization’ to ‘barbarous’ polities contributed to conflict between China and Japan. Challenging existing works that have presented the expansion of (European) International…

    Paperback – 2011-04-29
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  • State Sovereignty and Intervention

    A Discourse Analysis of Interventionary and Non-Interventionary Practices in Kosovo and Algeria

    By Helle Malmvig

    This new volume shows how state sovereignty is more fluid and contested than is usually appreciated within both conventional and constructivist literature. Whereas previous constructivist works have investigated the temporal contingency of state sovereignty, the spatial contingency of this…

    Paperback – 2011-02-14
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  • Pragmatism in International Relations

    Edited by Harry Bauer, Elisabetta Brighi

    This collection of essays introduces pragmatism to the study of international relations and evaluates its potential for the theory and practice of global politics. Seeking to reorient the discipline of International Relations (IR) towards practices and problematic situations, the editors of this…

    Paperback – 2011-02-01
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  • The Puzzles of Politics

    Inquiries into the Genesis and Transformation of International Relations

    By Friedrich Kratochwil

    Friedrich Kratochwil is the author of the classic book: Rules, Norms and Decisions (1989), which introduced constructivism to international relations and has had a profound and significant impact on the discipline. The Puzzle of Politics brings together for the first time a collection of his key…

    Paperback – 2010-09-06
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  • The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations

    Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics

    By Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

    This volume ws the winner of The International Studies Association Theory Section Book Award 2013, presented by the International Studies Association and The Yale H. Ferguson Award 2012, presented by International Studies Association-Northeast. There are many different scientifically…

    Paperback – 2010-07-13
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  • Social Power in International Politics

    By Peter van Ham

    Social power, defined as "the ability to set standards, create norms and values that are deemed legitimate and desirable, without resorting to coercion or payment", is a central part of contemporary international politics. This text introduces and defines the concept of social power and considers…

    Paperback – 2010-03-21
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  • Transforming World Politics

    From Empire to Multiple Worlds

    By Anna M. Agathangelou, L.H.M. Ling

    This book provides a critical understanding of contemporary world politics by arguing that the neoliberal approach to international relations seduces many of us into investing our lives in projects of power and alienation. These projects offer few options for emancipation; consequently, many feel…

    Paperback – 2009-05-27
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  • Africa and the North

    Between Globalization and Marginalization

    Edited by Ulf Engel, Gorm Rye Olsen

    An important new discussion of Africa's place in the international system. This volume discusses Africa's place in the international system, examining the way in which the Westphalian system, in light of the impact of globalization and transnational networks, continues to play a major role in the…

    Paperback – 2009-03-04
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  • Territorial Conflicts in World Society

    Modern Systems Theory, International Relations and Conflict Studies

    Edited by Stephen Stetter

    By bringing into dialogue modern systems theory and international relations, this text provides theoretically innovative and empirically rich perspectives on conflicts in world society. This collection contrasts Niklas Luhmann’s theory of world society in modern systems theory with more classical…

    Paperback – 2009-02-26
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  • The Politics of Regional Identity

    Meddling with the Mediterranean

    By Michelle Pace

    A keen analysis of the impact of European regionalism in the Mediterranean, focusing on the politics of representation and constructions of identity.The Mediterranean - as a region, as an area of EU policy and as a place on the fringe of a rapidly integrating Europe - has been a theoretically…

    Paperback – 2007-10-21
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  • European Approaches to International Relations Theory

    A House with Many Mansions

    By Jörg Friedrichs

    A well-established community of American scholars has long dominated the discipline of international relations. Recently, however, certain strands of continental theorizing are being introduced into the mainstream. This is a critical examination of European approaches to international…

    Paperback – 2007-10-21
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  • Culture and Security

    Symbolic Power and the Politics of International Security

    By Michael Williams

    This book examines the role of culture in contemporary security policies, providing a critical overview of the ways in which culture has been theorized in security studies. Developing a theoretical framework that stresses the relationship between culture, power, security and strategy, the volume…

    Paperback – 2007-04-30
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  • States of Political Discourse

    Words, Regimes, Seditions

    By Costas Constantinou

    * How are states made possible, constructed in theory and practice, and what alternative possibilities are given up by conferring legitimacy on states?* How do 'reasons of state' appropriate and inform discourses of sovereignty, territoriality, historiography, diplomacy, security and community?*…

    Paperback – 2006-12-04
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  • The Power of International Theory

    Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry

    By Fred Chernoff

    This new study challenges how we think about international relations, presenting an analysis of current trends and insights into new directions. It shows how the discipline of international relations was created with a purpose of helping policy makers to build a more peaceful and just world.…

    Paperback – 2006-12-04
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