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Contexts of International Politics

Contexts of International Politics

by Gary GoertzGary Goertz


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This book examines the ways and means by which nation-states interact with their environment. The author proposes a theory of context that examines the way in which system structure, normative environment, and history can act as contexts for decision makers, either as causes, barriers, or by changing meanings. The theoretical and methodological material is illustrated by a number of case studies that apply context theory to specific problems, such as decolonization, USSR-East European relations, and enduring military rivalries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521469722
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/1994
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations , #36
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Modes of context; 3. Context as changing meaning; 4. Contextual indicators; 5. Rational actor and diffusion models; 6. Barrier models of context; 7. Oil nationalization, 1918–80; 8. Eastern Europe, 1945–89; 9. Historical contexts; 10. Enduring rivalries; 11. The context of international norms; 12. The norm of decolonization; 13. Postface: interacting contexts and explaining contexts.

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