International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.

International Regimes

International regimes

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • What are the reasons for the emergence and persistence of international regimes?
  • How do international regimes facilitate international cooperation?
  • What is the difference between international regimes and international organizations?

2. Definitions

In everyday life most people associate the notion of regimes with the negative image of authoritarian states. But, while in Comparative Politics the term regime serves to characterize the type of governance present within a political system, for instance democratic or totalitarian regimes, the concept of international regimes in International Relations is different. Here, it describes a specific international institution, facilitating cooperation among actors despite the anarchical state of the international system. The most prominent examples of international regimes are the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime, created to inhibit the spread of nuclear weapons; ...

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