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The Concept of the State in International RelationsPhilosophy, Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism$
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Robert Schuett and Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693627

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693627.001.0001

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The Concept of the State in International Relations

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The Concept of the State in International Relations

Peter Stirk

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter first discusses the development of the concepts of state and sovereignty in international relations. It goes on to examine the concept of cosmopolitanism and the application of its principles in a world of states. It then turns to the Westphalian model and its role in understandings of the state, and especially the sovereign state. The chapter concludes by briefly setting out the book's purpose, namely to redress the neglect of the state and sovereignty in contemporary international relations, which lies behind their manifestation as bedrock of the discipline and passive victim of systemic anarchy, as the sovereign state of the Westphalian model and the ghostly state of globalisation theory.

Keywords:   international relations, cosmopolitanism, state, sovereignty, Westphalian model, Peace of Westphalia, globalisation

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