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02 May 2006
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Hedley Bull's The Anarchical Society is the defining text for the English school approach to international relations and one of the most enduring and important works of international theory. This book brings together some of the leading writers on the English school who provide an authoritative re-assessment of Bull's key concepts. In addition to analyzing the component elements of Bull's conception of the international society, they also examine how Bull's account of world order fares in the face of the forces of globalization that have started to play such an important role in world politics in the years since Bull wrote his classic text. The book follows the structure employed by Bull and it considers key concepts, major institutions and alternative approaches to order. In doing so, it reasserts the enduring insights of Bull's work, whilst responding to major developments in the theory and practice of international relations.


Description

Hedley Bull's The Anarchical Society is the defining text for the English school approach to international relations and one of the most enduring and important works of international theory. This book brings together some of the leading writers on the English school who provide an authoritative re-assessment of Bull's key concepts. In addition to analyzing the component elements of Bull's conception of the international society, they also examine how Bull's account of world order fares in the face of the forces of globalization that have started to play such an important role in world politics in the years since Bull wrote his classic text. The book follows the structure employed by Bull and it considers key concepts, major institutions and alternative approaches to order. In doing so, it reasserts the enduring insights of Bull's work, whilst responding to major developments in the theory and practice of international relations.


Reviews

'This is a valuable contribution to the 'English School' of which Hedley Bull was a leading founder. The editors have assembled a first rate group of commentators on the work of Bull. The volume is a major assessment of The Anarchical Society three decades on.' - Professor Robert Jackson, Boston University, USA

'The anarchical society...offer[s] much that continues to be of great value for the study of IR.' - Rita Floyd, International Affairs

'This book is a very useful companion to Bull's as it introduces Bull to a gloablised world and scrutinises his ideas in depth.' - Alex J. Bellamy, Political Studies Review

'While the volume does not offer a solution to these issues, it does provide a number of ways of thinking about them afresh, in addition to others Bull raised. It can therefore be recommended to those interested in the English School or sociological approaches to IR and, indeed, to all advance students of the theory and practice of internatinal politics.' - Millennium Journal of International Studies


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; J.Williams & R.Little
PART 1: THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Order and Society; J.Williams
Seeing (Double) in the Darkness: The Moral Vision of The Anarchical Society; N.J.Rengger
Hedley Bull, 'Embedded Cosmopolitanism', and the Pluralist-Solidarist Debate; J.M.Almeida
PART 2: THE INSTITUTIONS OF ANARCHICAL SOCIETY
Rethinking Hedley Bull on the Institutions of International Society; B.Buzan
The Balance of Power and Great Power Management; R.Little
The Nature of Law in an Anarchical Society; D.Armstrong
Diplomacy, Anti-diplomacy and International Society; I.Hall
War in the Twenty-first Century: An Institution in Crisis; C.A.Jones
PART 3: THE TEST OF TIME
The State of International Society; A.Hurrell
References
Index


Authors

RICHARD LITTLE is Professor in International Politics at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a former editor of the Review of International Studies and Chair of the British International Studies Association. Currently he holds a major research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust and is working on the history and theory of the balance of power. He is the co-author with Barry Buzan of International Systems in World History.

JOHN WILLIAMS is Lecturer in International Relations, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK. As well as recent publications on the English school in the Review of International Studies and International Relations, he is author of The Ethics of Territorial Borders: Drawing Lines in the Shifting Sand to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006.