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.

Territoriality and Borders

Territoriality and borders

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • How did the territorial state emerge as the main form of political order?
  • What functions do borders perform in the international system?
  • To what extent are territoriality and borders changing in globalization?

2. Definitions

Territoriality is the principle that political order is tied to a particular territory. Most of the time we take territoriality for granted. Indeed, one of the core elements of what constitutes a state according to the Montevideo Convention of 1933 is the existence of a clearly defined state territory. Secessionist movements therefore strive to gain control over a particular patch of land, and state borders take on a particularly significant role in defining what a state is and marking the outer edges of a government's legitimate control and ...

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