The New World Order: Contrasting Theories

Springer

A decade ago the term 'New World Order' was a commonly-used expression. Now - at the beginning of the twenty-first century - the contours of this order are less clear. How can this international order be described and interpreted and how can it be explained from contrasting theoretical viewpoints? Ten scholars in international politics, many of them experts in the field, offer penetrating contributions to provide a survey of the ongoing debate surrounding the new world order.
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About the author

BIRTHE HANSEN is Associate Professor in International Politics and a senior advisor to the Danish Institute of International Affairs.

BERTEL HEURLIN is Research Director of the Danish Institute of International Affairs and Jean Monnet Professor in European integration and security at the University of Copenhagen.
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Springer
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Published on
Sep 8, 2000
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Pages
254
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ISBN
9781403905277
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / International Relations / General
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