The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics

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Columbia University Press, 2002 - Political Science - 329 pages
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The Anarchical Society is one of the masterworks of political science and the classic text on the nature of order in world politics. Originally published in 1977, it continues to define and shape the discipline of international relations. This edition has been updated with a new, interpretive foreword by Andrew Hurrell. Bull explores three fundamental questions: What is order in world politics? How is order maintained in the contemporary states system? What alternative paths to world order are desirable and feasible? Laws and institutions, Bull points out, shift and change over time. The Anarchical Society addresses the unwritten rules which have allowed international order to exist across the ages.

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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I read this as a textbook for an International Relations Theory course. The English School according to Hedley Bull lays out an interesting format for the shift between the international system and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Naeem - Goodreads

It is flawed -- especially chapter 4 on the relationship between order and justice. But this is the first book that develops what I would call a sociology of international relations. Another must read for those wishing to study IR theory. Read full review

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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