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Hedley Bull and the Accommodation of Power


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert Ayson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert Ayson
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  4. Robert Ayson
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  5. Robert Ayson
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  7. Robert Ayson
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  8. Robert Ayson
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  9. Robert Ayson
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 197-244

About this book


Offering a comprehensive account of the work of Hedley Bull, Ayson analyses the breadth of Bull's work as a Foreign Office official for Harold Wilson's government, the complexity of his views, including Bull's unpublished papers, and challenges some of the comfortable assertions about Bull's place in the English School of IR.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

About the authors

Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he works closely with the Centre for Strategic Studies. He gained his PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at King s College London, UK and his MA as a Freyberg Scholar to the Australian National University. His previous writing includes Thomas Schelling and the Nuclear Age (Frank Cass, 2004) and Hedley Bull and the Accommodation of Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is an Honorary Professor with the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and Adjunct Professor with the Australian National University s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

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"Often commented upon, close study of Hedley Bull's ideas of international order in their origins is rare. Robert Ayson's study is doubly welcome, not only in its thoroughness, but in suggesting the relevance of Bull's early experience and training for the formation of his ideas on the foundations of international order." - International Affairs