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Power in World Politics

Felix Berenskoetter and M.J. Williams (eds)
Routledge (14 December 2007)

This book engages the view that students of International Relations need to break with the habit of defining power in terms of military capabilities of states.

Featuring contributions from both upcoming and distinguished scholars, including Steven Lukes, Joseph Nye, and Stefano Guzzini, it explores the nature and location of 'power' in international politics through a variety of conceptual lenses. With a particular focus on the phenomenon of 'soft' power and different types of actors in a globalising world, fifteen chapters assess the meaning of 'power' from the perspectives of realism, constructivism, global governance, and development studies, presenting discussions ranging from conceptual to practical oriented analyses.

Power in World Politics attempts to broaden theoretical horizons to enrich our understanding of the distribution of power in world politics, thereby also contributing to the discovery and analysis of new political spaces. This is essential reading for all advanced students and scholars of international relations.

Felix Berenskoetter is a PhD candidate at the department of International Relations, LSE. His research interests include International Political Theory, History of Ideas, German-American Relations, and European Security.

Michael J. Williams is head of the Transatlantic Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. His research interests include NATO's evolution, transatlantic relations, and the changing character of war.