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International Relations Theory and Regional Transformation

International Relations Theory and Regional Transformation

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Cambridge University Press, 2/23/2012
EAN 9781107604551, ISBN10: 1107604559

Paperback, 320 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Regional transformation has emerged as a major topic of research during the past few decades, much of it seeking to understand how a region changes into a zone of conflict or cooperation and how and why some regions remain in perpetual conflict. Although the leading theoretical paradigms of international relations have something to say about regional order, a comprehensive treatment of this subject is missing from the literature. This book suggests that cross-paradigmatic engagement on regional orders can be valuable if it can generate theoretically innovative, testable propositions and policy-relevant ideas. The book brings together scholars from the dominant IR perspectives aiming to explain the regional order issue through multidimensional and multi-causal pathways and seeking meeting points between them. Using insights from IR theory, the contributors offer policy-relevant ideas which may benefit conflict-ridden regions of the world.

Part I. Introduction
1. Regional transformation in international relations T. V. Paul
2. How regions were made, and the legacies for world politics
an English school reconnaissance Barry Buzan
Part II. Realist Perspectives
3. Realism and neorealism in the study of regional conflict Dale C. Copeland
4. Neoclassical realism and the study of regional order Jeffrey W. Taliaferro
Part III. Liberal Perspectives
5. Economic interdependence and regional peace John M. Owen, IV
6. Regional organizations à la carte
the effects of institutional elasticity Stephanie C. Hofmann and Frédéric Mérand
7. Transforming regional security through liberal reforms John R. Oneal
Part IV. Constructivist Perspectives
8. Ideas, norms, and regional orders Amitav Acharya
9. Regional security practices and Russian–Atlantic relations Vincent Pouliot
Part V. Eclectic Perspectives
10. The transformation of modern Europe
banalities of success John A. Hall
11. Top-down peacemaking
why peace begins with states and not societies Norrin M. Ripsman
Part VI. Conclusions
12. Strategies and mechanisms of regional change Stéfanie von Hlatky.