International regimes are systems of norms and rules agreed upon by states to govern their behaviour in specific political contexts or `issue areas' whether this be trade policy, proliferation of nuclear weapons, or the control of transboundary air pollution in some region of the world. In a competitive international society increasingly faced with issues that transcend the physical and political limits of individual states they are an
outstanding example of international governance, and central to any analysis of world politics. In this volume, experts from the USA and Europe join forces for the first time for a
rigorous exploration of the concept of international regimes. They discuss the fundamental conceptual and theoretical problems of regime analysis, study how regimes are formed and how they change, examine approaches to explaining the success or failure of attempts to form regimes, and look at the consequences of regimes for international relations. Contributors: Thomas J. Biersteker, Helmut Breitmeier, Manfred Efinger, Peter M. Haas, Virginia Haufler, Andrew
Hurrell, Christer Jönsson, Robert O. Keohane, Stephen D. Krasner, Friedrich Kratochwil, Andrew Kydd, Harald Müller, Gail Osherenko, Gudrun Schwarzer, Duncan Snidal, Klaus Dieter Wolf, Oran R. Young, Michael Zürn
`This comprehensive volume on Regime Theory and International Relations edited by Volker Rittberger emphasizes both the continued dynamism of regime theory, and also the increasing European contribution to the study of regimes.'
`Excellent core text with key articles.'
Dr A. Hyde-Price, University of Southampton