The Limits of Independence
By (author) Adam Watson
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Limits of Independence by Adam Watson
Book DescriptionNation states are not as independent as they seem. In The Limits of Independence, Adam Watson explores how independence of action is limited by both a tightening net of interdependence between countries and by the rules which the 'international society of states' has put in place to manage order and change. He also argues that the external and internal behaviour of independent states is increasingly determined by the influence of the richest and strongest powers. After setting out the general framework of restraint imposed on states, Adam Watson details the attempts to limit national sovereignties from Napoleon to the European Union. The Limits of Independence discusses pressures on smaller states and relates reactions against independence to current international theory and the practice of world powers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415169073
(216mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adam Watson
Expansion of International Society, Paperback (February 2017)
Reissued with a new foreword, this classic volume is a systematic investigation of the origins and nature of the international society of today. It examines the expansion of the international society of European states across the globe from a society dominated by Europeans, and its subsequent transformation into a global international society.
Evolution of International Society, Paperback (March 2009)
Explains how international societies function across time. This book examines the ancient state systems and looks at the worldwide international society. It demonstrates that relations between states are not normally anarchic, but organized and regulated by elaborate rules and practices, which derive substantially from experience.
Limits of Independence, Hardback (October 1997)
Watson explores independence in Europe and beyond and shows how freedom of action is limited not only by a tightening net of interdependence and by the rules of international society, but also by the hegemonial authority of the strongest powers.
Diplomacy, Paperback (September 1984)» View all books by Adam Watson
Watson traces the changing techniques of diplomacy from ancient times through the 'diplomatic society' of Europe to the present global system.
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