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Great power management and regional ownership in a new world order: rivalry, balancing or concert?

Buzan, Barry (2014) Great power management and regional ownership in a new world order: rivalry, balancing or concert? Politica: Tidskrift for politisk videnskab, 46 (4). pp. 425-443. ISSN 0105-0710

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Abstract

This article revisits the classic pluralist-solidarist debate by focusing on primary institutions as representing the normative structure of international society. The pluralist-solidarist debate is a permanent engagement with how best to balance the demands for order and for justice in response to an ever-changing set of social and material conditions. The paper introduces a distinction between cosmopolitan and state-centric solidarism and shows how, both theoretically and in practice, this helps to clarify the dynamic tension in the pluralist-solidarist debate. The implications are explored in relation to the evolution of primary institutions. The article makes two key arguments. The first is that pluralism and solidarism are not mutually exclusive, but necessarily linked in a continuous creative political discourse about what the normative structure of international society is and should be. The second is that while the basic normative structure of international society remains pluralist, this structure has been and is being increasingly infused with solidarist elements, both in the form of new institutions and in changes of legitimacy and practice within older institutions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://politica.dk/
Additional Information: © 2014 Politica
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 16:01
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 11:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60503

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