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International Pecking Orders: The Politics and Practice of Multilateral Diplomacy

International Pecking Orders: The Politics and Practice of Multilateral Diplomacy

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Vincent Pouliot
Cambridge University Press, 8/4/2016
EAN 9781316507766, ISBN10: 1316507769

Paperback, 356 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

In any multilateral setting, some state representatives weigh much more heavily than others. Practitioners often refer to this form of diplomatic hierarchy as the 'international pecking order'. This book is a study of international hierarchy in practice, as it emerges out of the multilateral diplomatic process. Building on the social theories of Erving Goffman and Pierre Bourdieu, it argues that diplomacy produces inequality. Delving into the politics and inner dynamics of NATO and the UN as case studies, Vincent Pouliot shows that pecking orders are eminently complex social forms: contingent yet durable; constraining but also full of agency; operating at different levels, depending on issues; and defined in significant part locally, in and through the practice of multilateral diplomacy.

Introduction
all the world's a stage
Part I. Situations
1. The politics of multilateral diplomacy
2. A practice theory of social stratification
Part II. Dispositions
3. The diplomatic sense of place
4. A working consensus
the negotiation of the 2010 Strategic Concept and the NATO pecking order
Part III. Relations
5. Permanent representation
relational structure and practical logics
6. Clan politics
Security Council reform and the UN pecking order
Part IV. Positions
7. State practices and multilateral fields
8. The field logics of multilateral pecking orders
NATO and the UN compared
Conclusion
the miracle of multilateral pecking orders
Appendix
research design, methods and data.