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Social Emergence in International Relations

Institutional Dynamics in East Asia

Authors: Wagner, Maren

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  • Introduces the concept of emergence to International Relations, thus providing a novel theoretical contribution that opens up new areas of enquiry
  • Presents a critical realist approach to institutional developments in East Asia
  • Stimulates the academic debate on how we can obtain a broader and more comprehensive picture of the dynamics of world politics
  • Speaks to academic specialists, practitioners and professionals in the field of International Relations
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This book presents a conceptualization of social emergence in international relations as a novel angle to analyse institutional dynamics in East Asia, introducing the concept of emergence from a critical realist perspective. The author examines East Asia’s characteristic mesh work of regional institutions that affect integrative processes and regional policies, exploring how such institutions emerge and acquire their own nature and why this pattern persists over time, an unresolved and contested subject in the field of International Relations. This book suggests that regional institutions are emergent entities of the international system that arise as forms of self-organization by states to achieve certain emergent properties and powers. The author’s approach sheds light on the particular emergent properties and powers of regional institutions and identifies discourse as a key mechanism of social emergence. Besides engaging in relevant questions of the philosophy of science and its methodological implications for studying social emergence in world politics, the book also analyses the concrete case of two East Asian regional institutions: ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit. This book will engage scholars and postgraduate students of Asian Studies and International Relations.

About the authors

Maren Wagner is a Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and is Coordinator of GIGA's Doctoral Programme. She completed her PhD in political science at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kiel, Germany.

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“This beautifully written and important new book breaks new ground by applying critical realism in a substantive and innovative way to explain regional dynamics and institution building in East Asia. Not only is this one of the best accounts of emergence I have read but the book also demonstrates how institutional development in East Asia goes beyond micro-level processes related to individual actors and is dependent upon emergent, and relatively enduring, mechanisms that shape the region in particular ways. Wagner has not only written a book that is empirically rich but one that is also theoretically sophisticated. This is a must read for all students and scholars of East Asian institutional development but also anyone interested in the broader dynamics of emergent processes of world politics.” (Professor Colin Wight, Chair of Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)

“Maren Wagner’s critical-realist take on the emergence and dynamics of regional institutions in post-cold war East Asia is an excellent and very persuasive example of how a social-ontological approach can bring agency back into the analysis of world politics in wonderfully refreshing ways. This book is a must-read for all students of IR theory and East Asia affairs.” (See Seng Tan, Professor of International Relations, Nanyang Technological University)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Issue of Institutional Emergence in East Asia: An Introduction

    Wagner, Maren

    Pages 3-24

  • A Critical Realist Approach to the Study of World Politics

    Wagner, Maren

    Pages 25-78

  • Emergence and Complexity in the International System: Developing a Social Ontology of International Relations

    Wagner, Maren

    Pages 79-141

  • Emergence and the Complexity of Social Practices: The Role of Discourse in Social Emergence

    Wagner, Maren

    Pages 143-184

  • The Case of Institutional Emergence in East Asia: Analyzing Regional Institutions as Emergent Entities

    Wagner, Maren

    Pages 187-204

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33550-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81544-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Emergence in International Relations
Book Subtitle
Institutional Dynamics in East Asia
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33551-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33551-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33550-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81544-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 294
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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