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By David Skidmore, Jeffrey A Frieden

Unlike realist and liberal ways to diplomacy, which emphasize the institutional or structural kind of foreign politics, the authors of this quantity assert that states don't own self sustaining overseas personal tastes conditioned merely by means of pageant with different states. as an alternative, such personal tastes are socially developed in a fluid atmosphere within which there exist no strict dividing strains among nation and society. The organizing precept of this quantity is a spotlight on how the family social order impacts a country's overseas kin. Contested Social Orders and overseas Politics hence posits a global process that is composed now not of competing states yet of social orders between which there exist various levels of compatibility and contention. Political scientists, historians, economists, and sociologists who're thinking about diplomacy will locate this a difficult and great addition to the theoretical literature that might shed new gentle on many longstanding debates in the box.

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Stein, A. (1990). Why Nations Cooperate: Circumstances and Choice in International Relations. : Cornell University Press. Waltz, K. (1979). Theory of International Politics. : Addison-Wesley. Page xii Acknowledgments CONTESTED SOCIAL ORDERS has been crafted from the work of many talented hands. The contributors, of course, served as the true architects. Each blended his or her unique set of insights into the framework of a shared vision and labored mightily to bring the project to a timely completion.

Social-order perspective: State leaders seek the survival of a particular social order, not of the state in general or a particular set of territorial boundaries. State leaders and other powerful social actors may be willing, under some circumstances, to sacrifice power, sovereignty, or territory to secure a preferred social order and their privileged place within it. If faced, for instance, with two simultaneous threats-say, an armed threat to the state's territorial integrity by an external power and an armed threat to the existing social order by an internal rival-a socialorder perspective predicts that state leaders may prefer to make territorial compromises with the external enemy if that will strengthen their hand in fending off internal revolution.

Policy makers during the Cold War, the domino theory is invalid due to the tendency of states to balance against power. Social-order perspective: The domino theory has a rational basis. When one social order collapses or gives way to revolution, other similar social orders, especially if nearby, will become more vulnerable in the absence of intervention by a sympathetic superpower to buttress such regimes. Fundamental changes in social order tend to cluster in time or travel in waves across societies.

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