Pondering Postinternationalism

A Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century?

Edited by Heidi H. Hobbs

Subjects: International Relations
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Paperback : 9780791445082, 253 pages, March 2000
Hardcover : 9780791445075, 253 pages, March 2000

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Introduction Pondering Postinternationalism

Heidi H. Hobbs

Part 1
Postinternationalism in Perspective

Chapter 1
Changing Understandings of Global Politics: Preinternationalism, Internationalism, and Postinternationalism

Richard W. Mansbach

Chapter 2
The Limits of Sovereignty in a Bifurcated World

Dario Moreno

Chapter 3
Postinternational Politics and the Growing Glomerations of Global Governance

Margaret P. Karns

Chapter 4
Justified Jailbreaks and Paradigmatic Recidivism

V. Spike Peterson

Part 2
The Role of Citizens in a Postinternational World

Chapter 5
Politics among People: Global Civil Society Reconsidered

Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Chapter 6
Writing Large: Habit, Skills, and Grandiose Theory

Nicholas Onuf

Chapter 7
Pondering the Postinternational Perspective on the Public: A Prescient or Peripheral Paradigm?

Ole R. Holsti

Part 3
Postinternationalism: A Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century?

Chapter 8
Constituting Complexity: Order and Turbulence in World Politics

Mary Durfee

Chapter 9
An Intellectual Agenda for Students of Postinternational World Politics

Joseph Lepgold

Chapter 10
Turbulence and Tradition in International Relations Theory: Prospects for a Postinternational Revolution

Ralph DiMuccio and Eric Drew Cooper

Chapter 11
Postinternationalism and the Future of IR Theory

Yale H. Ferguson

Part 4
A Postinternationalist's Response

Chapter 12
Beyond Postinternationalism

James N. Rosenau

About the Authors


Notable scholars explore James Rosenau's postinternational paradigm--an alternative view to traditional international relations.


Bringing together notable authors to explore James Rosenau's postinternational paradigm, this book makes an important contribution to the study of international relations theory. It includes a concluding chapter by Rosenau himself which responds individually and collectively to his critics.

Contributors include, Eric Drew Cooper, Ralph Dimuccio, Mary Durfee, Yale H. Ferguson, Heidi H. Hobbs, Ole R. Holsti, Margaret P. Karns, Joseph Lepgold, Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Richard W. Mansbach, Dario Moreno, Nicholas Onuf, V. Spike Peterson, and James N. Rosenau.

Heidi H. Hobbs is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University. She is the author of City Hall Goes Abroad: The Foreign Policy of Local Politics.


"James Rosenau's work has had a major influence on many students of international relations; however, most of the previous work has focused on his foreign policy work. This book is an admirable response to his theoretical work, his Turbulence Period. Most of the chapters help to clarify Rosenau's more recent theoretical work: providing thoughtful explanations of key concepts, presenting real world illustrations of theoretical claims, and discussing the intellectual roots of these ideas. " — Steven Lamy, University of Southern California

"I am impressed by this book's diverse themes and foci pertinent to Rosenau's theory. They range nicely from Peterson's sharp feminist critique to Lepgold's elaboration and explication, and to Ferguson's more personal portrayal (of Rosenau himself). Most importantly, the book helps make Rosenau's theory more testable in an era in which grand theorizing in the social sciences seems to have lost much popularity and appeal. " — Xiangming Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago