Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics by Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot, Iver B. Neumann

By Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot, Iver B. Neumann

This publication examines global politics throughout the lens of diplomatic perform. It argues that many worldwide phenomena of our time, from the making of overseas legislation to the structure of overseas public energy, via humanitarianism and the upkeep of worldwide hierarchies, are made attainable and formed by way of evolving different types of international relations. The research of international relations is essentially ruled through firsthand debts and ancient treaties, with little attempt at theoretical dialogue. This e-book indicates how diplomatic reports can reap the benefits of extra particular theorizing, and argues that the examine of global politics should still pay extra consciousness to what is going on within the diplomatic 'engine room' of foreign politics.

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Gregory Shaffer and Tom Ginsburg, “The Empirical Turn in International Legal Scholarship,” American Journal of International Law, 106(1), 2012, 1–46. Also Jeffrey Dunoff and Mark A. , Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). , Interpretation in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 4 The process of diplomatic interaction does not necessarily increase consensus, and its success cannot be measured in its contribution to public order or avoiding violence.

Neumann for accounts that are chiefly concerned with measuring the relative significance of state and non-state actors, as they see the relationship between these actors as a zero-sum game. We opt for a different strategy, asking instead how changes in the cast of actors involved affect diplomatic practice, and how, in turn, diplomatic practice itself conditions and structures non-state actors’ strategies. Both Lynch’s and Sending’s contributions suggest that diplomatic practices are central structuring sites for the actions of others, such as humanitarian and development actors engaged in global governance.

The meaning of state acts is neither self-evident nor fixed by material conditions; thus, actors are always involved in the process of interpreting and constructing their interests, their relations, and their ideas about the interests and relations of other actors. Diplomacy takes place as states (and other actors) invoke ideas and concepts to explain their needs and their actions to other states. International law provides a ready and socially legitimated pool of such ideas and concepts – these include ideas and rules around sovereignty, intervention, self-defense, humanitarian rescue, self-determination, and much more.

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