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The Post-Cold War International System : Strategies, Institutions and Reflexivity - Ewan Harrison

The Post-Cold War International System

Strategies, Institutions and Reflexivity

Hardcover Published: 27th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415328364
Number Of Pages: 196

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The end of the Cold War has opened up a 'real world laboratory' in which to test and refine general theories of international relations. Using the frameworks provided by structural realism, institutionalism and liberalism, The Post-Cold War International System examines how major powers responded to the collapse of the Soviet Union and developed their foreign policies over the period of post-Cold War transition.
The book argues that the democratic peace has begun to generate powerful socialisation effects, due to the emergence of a critical mass of liberal democratic states since the end of the Cold War. The trend this has produced is similar to a pattern that classical realists have interpreted as 'bandwagoning' within a unipolar power structure. Case studies of Germany, China and Japan - identified as key states with the potential to challenge US dominance - provide evidence to support the assessment of international change. The author concludes by exploring the implications of September 11th for the analysis developed.
This important volume argues that the end of the Cold War was a major historical turning point in the development of world politics with fundamental implications for the basic way in which the dynamics of the international system are conceptualised.

List of illustrationsp. ix
Series editor's prefacep. x
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
List of abbreviationsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Theoretical frameworkp. 4
Operationalizing liberal predictionsp. 14
Chapter structurep. 22
Reassessing the logic of anarchy: rationality versus reflexivityp. 28
The neorealist modelp. 30
The institutionalist modelp. 33
The liberal modelp. 36
Towards a general synthesisp. 40
Conclusionsp. 48
German foreign policy after the Cold Warp. 50
Neorealismp. 51
Institutionalismp. 57
Domestic variationp. 61
Germany's choicesp. 65
Japanese foreign policy after the Cold Warp. 70
Neorealismp. 70
Institutionalismp. 76
Domestic variationp. 79
Japan's choicesp. 83
Chinese foreign policy after the Cold Warp. 91
Neorealismp. 91
Institutionalismp. 97
Domestic variationp. 100
China's choicesp. 106
Conclusionsp. 112
International relations theory after the Cold Warp. 113
General patterns of institutionalized activityp. 121
Foreign policy adjustmentsp. 128
Postscript: September 11, 2001 and its aftermathp. 137
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 166
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ISBN: 9780415328364
ISBN-10: 0415328365
Series: New International Relations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 27th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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