The Anarchical Society

A Study of Order in World Politics

  • Authors
  • Hedley¬†Bull

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Nature of Order in World Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hedley Bull
      Pages 22-50
    3. Hedley Bull
      Pages 74-94
  3. Order in the Contemporary International System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Hedley Bull
      Pages 122-155
    3. Hedley Bull
      Pages 156-177
    4. Hedley Bull
      Pages 178-193
    5. Hedley Bull
      Pages 194-222
  4. Alternative Paths to World Order

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Hedley Bull
      Pages 248-271
    3. Hedley Bull
      Pages 272-285
    4. Hedley Bull
      Pages 286-305
    5. Hedley Bull
      Pages 307-308
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-329

About this book


In this, his most systematic and fundamental work, Hedley Bull explores three key questions: what is the nature of order in world politics?; how is it maintained in the contemporary state system?; and what alternative paths to world order are feasible and desirable? He argues that the system of sovereign states is not in decline and is not an obstacle to world order but its essential foundation. This second edition includes a foreword by Stanley Hoffmann assessing the importance and relevance of Hedley Bull's text some two decades after its initial publication.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1977
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-63822-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-24028-9
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