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Inside/Outside : International Relations as Political Theory - R. B. J. Walker


International Relations as Political Theory

Paperback Published: 1st February 1993
ISBN: 9780521421195
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book offers an original analysis of the relationship between twentieth-century theories of international relations, and the political theory of civil society. The author views theories of international relations both as an ideological expression of the modern state, and as a clear indication of the difficulties of thinking about a world politics distinct from relations among states. Theories are examined in the light of recent debates about modernity and post-modernity, the rearticulation of political space/time, and the limits of modern social political theory.

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"Walker shows mastery of the literature. His work is theoretically comprehensive and innovative. Definitely a work to be studied by scholars of international relations or political and social philosophy and ethics." Choice "...this is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary international/political theory." Ethics "Inside/Outside represents Walker's most concerted effort yet to illustrate to a contemporary readership the need to go beyond that dichotomy which at one level separates 'domestic' from 'international'practice and at another distinguishes something called political 'theory' from its international counterpart...R. B. J. Walker has been one of the most innovative and incisive contributors to the expanded agenda on international relations over the past decade...if one is seeking, in a single volume, a coherent broad-ranging and generally accessible articulation of some of the most important issues of theory/practice in the modern era, Inside/Outside fits the bill. As such, it deserves to be read widely and discussed seriously by an international relations community struggling to redefine itself and the world in a volatile age." Jim George, American Political Science Review

Prefacep. ix
International relations as political theoryp. 1
The historical momentp. 1
Historicity, spatiality and the theory of international relationsp. 6
Horizons of modern political theoryp. 15
Meditations on the disciplinary practices of a disciplinep. 21
The Prince and 'the pauper'p. 26
The politics of originsp. 26
The tradition of international relations theory: three variationsp. 31
Machiavelli and political communityp. 34
Machiavelli and temporalityp. 38
Machiavelli and the politics of displacementp. 41
Thinking with and against Machiavellip. 43
From origins to disjunctionsp. 47
Ethics, modernity, communityp. 50
At the intersectionp. 50
Temporality and the dialectics of enlightenmentp. 52
Spatiality, sovereignty and the ethics of exclusionp. 60
The society of states and the ethics of cooperationp. 67
Sovereignty, modernity and political communityp. 74
History, structure, reificationp. 81
Beyond hegemony, before epistemologyp. 81
Historical departuresp. 88
Structural proliferationsp. 92
From international relations to world politicsp. 99
Realism and changep. 104
Political realism and political realismsp. 104
Realisms, histories, structuresp. 113
Structuralism and neorealismp. 115
The ambivalences of historicismp. 121
The territorial state and the theme of Gulliverp. 125
States and spacesp. 125
Spaces and hierarchiesp. 130
Oscillations and continuitiesp. 135
On the spatio-temporal conditions of democratic practicep. 141
Cosmopolitan charm and cultivated cynicismp. 141
Democracy and political communityp. 144
Affirming and challenging state sovereigntyp. 153
Sovereign identities and the politics of forgettingp. 159
Sovereignty and repetitionp. 159
Sovereignty and historicityp. 162
Sovereignty from the insidep. 169
Sovereignty from the outsidep. 171
Sovereignty deferredp. 174
Sovereignty, identity, differencep. 176
Rearticulations of political space/timep. 179
Notesp. 184
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780521421195
ISBN-10: 0521421195
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations, 24
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st February 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32

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