Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Evolution of international system. 3. Cold war and after. 4. Rise of the third world. 5. Political economy of globalisation. 6. Towards global civil society. 7. Conclusion. Appendix: 1. Treaty of Westphalia. 2. World Trade Organisation. 3. NATO-Russia pact.
"Theory and practice of international relations in the new millennium could well be seen as a confluence of different streams of thought and action that have evolved in this context since the creation of modern state system in the 17 century. Beginning with the Westpahalian system established in 1648, and continuing in the twentieth century with the onset of Cold War, emergence of the Third World, spread of globalization, and the rise of civil society, the multi-level structure of international relations today is too complex to be understood by shutting ourselves up in any one or the other school of thought. Polarisation in thought between the "economic" and "political", between the "domestic" and the "international", or even between "Realism" and "Liberalism", seems artificial, and divorced from reality.
This book explores international relations with a broader concept of globalised states as they have developed over the last four centuries, more specifically during the last half-century. The traditional pattern, which automatically took the sovereign state and state-systems as the starting point on investigation, is no longer sufficient for a realistic understanding of international relations. The old models of sovereignty and democracy are not capable of providing good governance in a globalizing world. The campaigns of global society and the bottom-up pressure of citizen activism have become essential to both theory the practice of international relations. The state of present day international relations is very different therefore from the state of the discipline in the mid-to-late twentieth century. In practice, of course, the field will continue to exhibit competition between realists, liberals and new, critical theorists. However, it will also be important to develop international relations as a forum for widest possible global social science. Global state theory can offer what the new international relations has so far failed to achieve, not simply to criticise realism but to challenge it on its own ground. Here is a theoretical agenda, as well as a new context in which to link theory to practice." (jacket)