Guide to the English School in International Studies

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Bringing together the latest scholarship from a global group of expert contributors, this guide offers a comprehensive examination of the English School approach to the study of international relations. 

  • Explains the major ideas of the British Committee on International Relations, including the idea of and institutions connected to an international society, the emerging notion of world society, and order within international relations
  • Describes the English School’s methods of analyzing themes, trends, and dilemmas
  • Focuses on the historical and geographical expansion of international society, and particularly on the effects of colonization and imperialism
  • Serves as an essential reference for students, researchers, and academics in international relations

Author Biography

Cornelia Navari is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and Visiting Professor of International Affairs at the University of Buckingham, UK. Her research covers the history of thought on international relations in the 20th century and beyond, including thinkers in the English School. She is the editor of Theorising International Society (2009) and author of Public Intellectuals and International Affairs (2013) and Internationalism and the State in the 20th Century (2000). 

Daniel M. Green is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, USA, and a former Chair of the English School Section of the International Studies Association. He is the author of The Logics of International Politics (forthcoming), and editor of the English School section of The International Studies Compendium Project, published in association with the International Studies Association (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Constructivism and Comparative Politics (2002).

Table of Contents

About the Contributors vii

Introduction to the English School in International Studies 1
Daniel M. Green

1 The Historical Development of the English School 7
Hidemi Suganami

2 The British Committee on the Theory of International Politics and Its Central Figures 25
Roger Epp

3 The British Committee and International Society: History and Theory 37
Brunello Vigezzi

4 The Historical Expansion of International Society 59
Barry Buzan and Richard Little

5 The English School and Institutions: British Institutionalists? 77
Laust Schouenborg

6 The International System – International Society Distinction 91
Tim Dunne and Richard Little

7 The Regional Dimension of International Society 109
Yannis A. Stivachtis

8 The International Society – World Society Distinction 127
John Williams

9 Order and Justice 143
Andrew Hurrell

10 The Pluralist–Solidarist Debate in the English School 159
William Bain

11 Three Traditions of International Theory 171
Edward Keene

12 Normative Theory in the English School 185
Molly Cochran

13 English School Methodology 205
Cornelia Navari

14 The Global Diffusion of the English School 223
Yongjin Zhang

Index 241

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