The international system - international society distinction

Dunne, Tim and Little, Richard (2014). The international system - international society distinction. In Guide to the English school in international studies (pp. 91-107) Oxford, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Son. doi:10.1002/9781118624722.ch6

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Author Dunne, Tim
Little, Richard
Title of chapter The international system - international society distinction
Title of book Guide to the English school in international studies
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Son
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9781118624722.ch6
Open Access Status
Series Guide to international studies
ISBN 9781118624777
Chapter number 6
Start page 91
End page 107
Total pages 17
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter is a reassessment of the nature of the international system in English School theory. It argues that recent innovative theoretical work has threatened to bypass the system domain. We argue for the need to combine societal norms with a systemic logic, and that these analytics together have explanatory power in considering how the world hangs together. The chapter begins by revisiting classical English School writings on the system/society boundary. The second part of the essay then reexamines the role played by system and society in the account of the expansion of the international society found in Bull and Watson's edited book The Expansion of International Society (1984). The replay reveals some surprising aspects to the system/society distinction, and the importance of not downplaying it. The conclusion suggests that a focus on both system and society generates an ambitious and potentially fertile research agenda. 
Keyword International system
International society
British Committee
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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