Theories of International Regimes by Andreas Hasenclever

By Andreas Hasenclever

Foreign regimes are "codes of behavior" agreed upon through states to manipulate their kinfolk in particular parts of overseas politics. This e-book describes and significantly examines the 3 most crucial theories of overseas regimes. those theories every one rigidity a selected explanatory variable: realist theories emphasize country energy; neoliberal theories specialize in constellations of pursuits; and cognitivist theories are curious about wisdom and ideas. The authors finish via exploring the customers for growth inside this dynamic box through combining diversified theoretical techniques.

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From this point of view, even strongly systemic theories - theories which reject "explanatory reductionism" - can still be reductionist in another, more fundamental sense, viz. with regard to their underlying ontology. Consequently, for Wendt (1987: 341), it is important not to conflate systemic (whether strong or weak) and what he refers to as "structural" theories of international phenomena and finds exemplified in Wallerstein's (1974; 1980; 1989) world systems theory. In particular, both realism and neoliberalism are systemic, but not structural theories (but see now Wendt 1995: 72, n.

In this way regimes produce connections or "linkages" between issues (and likewise between agreements dealing with particular issues). ; Axelrod and Keohane 1986: 234). Moreover, institutions such as international regimes enhance the continuity of political relationships over time (inter alia by providing actors with valuable negotiation opportunities, which can be ignored only at a cost). Both properties of regimes work in the same direction: they increase the (perceived) "iterativeness" of the situation, thus allowing for a "shadow of future" to discourage defection.

Principles, norms, and rules, by their very nature, do not apply to a single case only, but to a variety of cases. Individual regimes, on their part, are often "nested" within larger, more encompassing frameworks of international principles and norms. In this way regimes produce connections or "linkages" between issues (and likewise between agreements dealing with particular issues). ; Axelrod and Keohane 1986: 234). Moreover, institutions such as international regimes enhance the continuity of political relationships over time (inter alia by providing actors with valuable negotiation opportunities, which can be ignored only at a cost).

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