Bringing together the latest scholarship from a global group of expert contributors, this guide offers a comprehensive examination of the English School approach to the study of international relations.
Beginning with the work of the British Committee on International Relations, the book covers all the major theoretical ideas of the English School and explains the concepts used for analyzing themes, trends, and dilemmas. It shows how the English School mapped out the development of working rules of a European international society that spread to the rest of the world through colonization and imperialism, and details a set of operating institutions, such as diplomacy, the balance of power, and international law. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the historical and geographical expansion of international society. Insightful and rigorous, this volume demonstrates just what it is that sets the approach of the English School apart from others within international relations.
About the Contributors vii
Introduction to the English School in International Studies 1Daniel M. Green
1 The Historical Development of the English School 7Hidemi Suganami
2 The British Committee on the Theory of International Politics and Its Central Figures 25Roger Epp
3 The British Committee and International Society: History and Theory 37Brunello Vigezzi
4 The Historical Expansion of International Society 59Barry Buzan and Richard Little
5 The English School and Institutions: British Institutionalists? 77Laust Schouenborg
6 The International System International Society Distinction 91Tim Dunne and Richard Little
7 The Regional Dimension of International Society 109Yannis A. Stivachtis
8 The International Society World Society Distinction 127John Williams
9 Order and Justice 143Andrew Hurrell
10 The Pluralist Solidarist Debate in the English School 159William Bain
11 Three Traditions of International Theory 171Edward Keene
12 Normative Theory in the English School 185Molly Cochran
13 English School Methodology 205Cornelia Navari
14 The Global Diffusion of the English School 223Yongjin Zhang
Cornelia Navari is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and Visiting Professor of International Affairs at the University of Buckingham, UK. Her research covers the history of thought on international relations in the 20th century and beyond, including thinkers in the English School. She is the editor of Theorising International Society (2009) and author of Public Intellectuals and International Affairs (2013) and Internationalism and the State in the 20th Century (2000).
Daniel M. Green is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, USA, and a former Chair of the English School Section of the International Studies Association. He is the author of The Logics of International Politics (forthcoming), and editor of the English School section of The International Studies Compendium Project, published in association with the International Studies Association (Wiley–Blackwell, 2010), and Constructivism and Comparative Politics (2002).