Unnatural States: The International System and the Power to Change (BOK)

Peter Ian Lomas

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Unnatural States is a radical critique of international theory, in particular, the assumption of state agency--that states act in the world in their own right. Peter Lomas argues that since the universal states system is inequitable and rigid, and not all states are democracies anyway, this assumption is unreal, and to adopt it means reinforcing an unjust status quo.

Looking at the concepts of state, nation, and agency, Lomas sees populations struggling to find an agreed model of the state, owing to inherited material differences; and unsurprisingly, among theorists of the nation, only controversy and a confusion of terms. Meanwhile, the functional incarnations of the state agent are caricatures: the mandarin state, the lawyer state, the landlord state, the heir-to-history state, and the patriot state. Recent developments in international theory (constructivism, scientific realism, postmodernism) sacrifice state agency only at the price of an unhelpful abstraction.

The states system is dysfunctional and obsolete, Lomas contends, and international theory must be recast, with morality as central, to guide and to assist historic change. He focuses on prescriptions for change, led by four concrete concerns: human rights, weapons of mass destruction, North-South relations, and the environment.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Peter Ian Lomas
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9781412853996
Antall sider 348 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,8cm
Vekt 680 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Political science & theory