New book: "Power Transition in the Anarchical Society"

The new book, edited by Tonny Brems Knudsen and Cornelia Navari, contributes to the ongoing debate about the changing world order from an international society perspective.

Front page for new book picturing chess pieces.
The new book "Power Transition in the Anarchical Society". Photo: Palgrave.

The publisher writes the following about the book:

  • "Contributes to the ongoing debate about the changing world order from an international society perspective
  • Seeks to understand the new world order by means of a dualistic institutional game and a sociological approach to power

  • Analyses the power political turn in world politics and Russia’s revisionism

This book examines the ongoing power transition and its ramifications for world order from an international society perspective. In that perspective, the outcome of big changes in the distribution of power is a matter of socialization rather than structural determination or the resilience of the so-called Liberal world order. Consequently, the key question of this book is how the ongoing power transition affects, and is affected by, the social institutions of world order including sovereignty, the balance of power, international law, diplomacy, trade, humanitarian intervention, national self-determination, and environmental stewardship. The guiding theoretical assumption of the book is that power transition stimulates fundamental institutional change rather than major conflict or a breakdown of international order, while international organizations are key arenas for the realization and negotiation of such changes, not the victims of hegemonic retreat. The argument is pursued in sections on rising and declining powers (Anglo-America, Russia, China and the EU, among others), consequences for the fundamental social institutions and changes in international organizations, globally and regionally. In combination, the chapters reveal the contours of the coming world order."

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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