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New Explorations by the English School: From Globalism to Regionalism

Published:2018-06-14 Published:2018-06-14   Author:Qin Ken   [Small] [Middle] [Big] [More]

The English School is an important school of thought in the domain of international relations theories, but it has for a long time focused on the global level while ignored the regional level. In recent years, with some scholars’ efforts, the English School has successfully integrated its three core concepts (international society, international system, and world society) with studies at the regional level. It also proposed specific conditions for the formation of regional international society, i.e., the presence of critical major powers, successful exclusion of extra-regional influence, and intra-regional mutual recognition of each other’s nation-building efforts as non-threatening. Nevertheless, current studies still exhibit strong Euro-centric characteristics, and studies of other regions dwell on whether the formation of international society in those regions is possible or not. On the other hand, after the turn to regional-level studies, some drawbacks of the English School have been brought to light, which casts doubt upon two classic ideas about the promotive role of sovereign states and globally shared norms. It is thus imperative for the English School to solve those problems by strengthening regional-level studies.

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