The Anarchical Society as Futurology

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Patomäki , H O 2017 , The Anarchical Society as Futurology . in M Carr , A Humphreys & H Suganami (eds) , The Anarchical Society at 40 : Contemporary Challenges and Prospects . Oxford University Press , Oxford , pp. 253-269 . < >

Title: The Anarchical Society as Futurology
Author: Patomäki, Heikki Olavi
Other contributor: Carr, Madeline
Humphreys, Adam
Suganami, Hidemi
Contributor organization: Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Political Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2017-06-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: The Anarchical Society at 40
ISBN: 978-0-19-880514-4
Abstract: The Anarchical Society outlines various possible world orders, such as New Medievalism and world state, as alternatives to the anarchic order of the modern states-system. In this chapter, I evaluate critically the factual and normative premises of his arguments concerning possible, likely and desirable future world orders (factual and normative are intertwined but not inseparable). A key point is that Bull somewhat underestimated the sway of globalizing forces, including the gradual emergence of elements of world statehood. My main argument, however, is that because of his omission of political economy, Bull would have been puzzled about the causes of the re-emergence of great power conflicts. For the same reason, he also misjudged the importance of building better common institutions.
Subject: 517 Political science
philosophical realism
political economy
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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