Accommodating the New Nuclear Powers

  • Robert Ayson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


Notwithstanding the maturity and composure of his first book, it is as the author of its successor, The Anarchical Society, for which Hedley Bull is best known. He is much more often seen as an important theorist of international relations than a leading global authority on arms control. And when scholars have looked for earlier influences they have often been drawn to his works which deal specifically with issues of international order and international relations theory, and to his membership of the British Committee on the Theory of International Politics1 rather than his involvement in London’s strategic studies community. This is precisely what one finds in the more recent literature on Bull’s work and influence.


International Relation Nuclear Weapon International Politics British Government International Order 
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    Hedley Bull, ‘International Theory: The Case for a Classical Approach’, World Politics, 18: 3, April 1966, pp. 361–377.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Europe and the Bomb’, The Spectator, no. 6992, 29 June 1962, p. 850.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Systematic Innovation and Social Philosophy’, Inquiry, 3:3, Autumn 1960, p. 199.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Problems of a World of Many Nuclear Powers’, Paper prepared for the British Committee on International Theory, 1965, p. 2, HBP Box 8, File 2.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ayson
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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