This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.
Chapter 3: War as an Institution of International Society
War as an Institution of International Society
The central premise of the society of states is that relations between states are norm-governed, not simply the product of power politics or the interplay of material factors, force and interests. At the same time, relations between states in this international society often involve violence. Interstate war has been a consistent feature of European international relations since the origins of international society in the long sixteenth century, and remains so in the global international society that has developed post-1945. Jack Levy, John Mueller and others have documented the fact that interstate violence has actually fallen over the years – a position recently popularised by Steven Pinker is his bestseller The Better ...