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Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World

Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein


State power has been a bedrock concept in international relations for centuries, but it has taken a backseat in recent years to other topics—information, interests, identity, audiences, to name a few. Back to Basics brings state power back to center stage and sets an agenda for new theorizing about its role in international relations. In this volume, some of the field’s top scholars tackle a wide array of “puzzles about power” and offer new ways of thinking about the role of both states and power in the contemporary world. They explore many “faces” of state power and diverse pathways by which ... More

Keywords: state power, power, sovereignty, international relations, international relations theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199970087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Finnemore, editor
The Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Judith Goldstein, editor
Stanford University

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Part One Power and Realism as an Intellectual Tradition

1 Puzzles about Power

Martha Finnemore, and Judith Goldstein

2 Power Politics in the Contemporary World

Martha Finnemore, and Judith Goldstein

Part Two Theoretical Reflections on Power, States, and Sovereignty

7 States and Power as Ur-Force

Peter J. Katzenstein

Part Three State Power and the Global Economy

8 Currency and State Power

Benjamin J. Cohen

Part Four The Subversive Effects of Globalization

Part Five Sovereignty and Power in a Complex World

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