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The Continuing Relevance of International Society

  • Kai Alderson
  • Andrew Hurrell
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Abstract

These essays have been collected together and republished because we believe that the concept of international society continues to offer practical guidance for understanding the post-Cold War world, and that Bull’s contribution to international theory is of abiding interest. This chapter traces the contours of this continued relevance, looking first at the claim that Bull’s analysis of inter-state order is anachronistic in an age of globalization; then at Bull’s approach to normative issues; and concluding with some comments on the research agenda to which Bull’s work gives rise.

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  1. 1.
    Jan Art Scholte, ‘The Globalization of World Politics’, in John Bayliss and Steve Smith (eds), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), p. 21.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘The Universality of Human Rights’, Millennium, 8: 2 (1979), p. 158.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For example, Paul Hirst and Granarne Thompson, Globalization in Question (Cambridge: Polity, 1996).Google Scholar
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    See, for example, Linda Weiss, The Myth of the Powerless State: Governing the Economy in a Global Age (Cambridge: Polity, 1998).Google Scholar
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    From different perspectives see Stephen Krasner, ‘Compromising Westphalia’, International Security, 20: 3 (1996), pp. 115–51CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Review of Robert E. Osgood and Robert W. Fucker, Force, Order and Justice (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967); BP.Google Scholar
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    On Anderson’s influence see James L. Richardson, ‘The Academic Study of International Relations’, in J. D. B. Miller and R. J. Vincent (eds), Order and Justice: Hedley Bull and International Relations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), from p. 175.Google Scholar
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    ‘Human Rights and World Politics’. Draft BP. Published version can be found in Ralph Pettman (ed.), Moral Claims in World Affairs (Canberra: ANU Press, 1979), pp. 89–90.Google Scholar
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    Terry Nardin, Law, Morality, and the Relations between States (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983), p. 9, and, for his discussion of Vattel and eighteenth-century international society, pp. 60–8.Google Scholar

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  • Kai Alderson
  • Andrew Hurrell

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