The Continuing Relevance of International Society

  • Kai Alderson
  • Andrew Hurrell


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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  • Andrew Hurrell

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