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

This ebook examines global politics in the course of the lens of diplomatic perform. It argues that many international phenomena of our time, from the making of foreign legislation to the structure of overseas public energy, via humanitarianism and the upkeep of worldwide hierarchies, are made attainable and formed through evolving types of international relations. The learn of international relations is essentially ruled by means of firsthand bills and ancient treaties, with little attempt at theoretical dialogue. This booklet exhibits how diplomatic experiences can take advantage of extra specific theorizing, and argues that the learn of worldwide politics may still pay extra cognizance to what is going on within the diplomatic 'engine room' of overseas politics.

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For international organizations and law, see Simon Chesterman, “Who Needs Rules? The Prospects of a Rules-Based International System,” discussion paper for the Institute of International Law and Justice, New York University, 2006. Allen Buchanan, Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), cited in Henry Shue and David Rodin, Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 21.

Hurd, for his part, demonstrates that international law is constituted by states engaging in the diplomatic practice of reason giving as a tool to shape the application and interpretation of international law. And Neumann shows how not only great powers, but also some small states take the whole (the system) as their frame of reference as they think through what their interests are. In all these cases, the practice of diplomacy is central as the actors in question think from and with diplomacy as they reflect on, negotiate, and advance their interests vis-à-vis those of others.

Mitzen makes the important point that collective intentionality is not directed toward substantive values but toward a thinner “normative value of action itself,” which helps us understand, in a significantly new way, how the authority to govern beyond the state is established and advanced through the practice of diplomacy. In Chapter 5, Neumann looks at diplomacy through a functional lens – diplomacy as a response to systemic requirements – to offer a novel interpretation of an important transformation in international cooperation.

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