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The Anarchical Society at 40: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects

Hidemi Suganami, Madeline Carr, and Adam Humphreys


Hedley Bull’s The Anarchical Society was published in 1977. Though considered as one of the classics in International Relations, it does not address many world political issues that concern us deeply today—volatile great power relations after the end of the Cold War, the rise of terrorism, financial crises, climate change, the impact of the Internet, deep-rooted racial inequalities, violence against women. Moreover, through the evolution of International Relations as an academic pursuit, various limitations of the type of approach followed by Bull are coming to light. Against this background, ... More

Keywords: Bull, international society, The Anarchical Society, order, world political system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779605
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hidemi Suganami, editor
Emeritus Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

Madeline Carr, editor
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Cardiff University

Adam Humphreys, editor
Lecturer in International Relations, University of Reading

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