The Handbook on the Political Economy of War
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The Handbook on the Political Economy of War

Edited by Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers

By defining political economy and war in the broadest sense, this unique Handbook brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars from economics, political science, sociology, and policy studies to address a multitude of important topics. These include an analysis of why wars begin, how wars are waged, what happens after war has ceased, and the various alternatives to war. Other sections explore civil war and revolution, the arms trade, economic and political systems, and post-conflict reconstruction and nation building. Policymakers as well as academics and students of political science, economics, public policy and sociology will find this volume to be an engaging and enlightening read.
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Chapter 18: International Regimes and War

James Ashley Morrison and Avery F. White


James Ashley Morrison and Avery F. White 18.1 INTRODUCTION This chapter analyses the relationship between international regimes and war. Following a new branch of scholarship that questions the traditional distinction between domestic and international order, we compare several of the most prominent theories of international regimes to the political theories of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Max Weber. We find that each of these theories of domestic political order provides new insight into the role international regimes can play in generating order – and minimizing war – in the international system. Based on this, we suggest that the sharpest division may not be between theories of domestic and international politics, as has been traditionally assumed. Instead theories of order may be better organized according to the assumptions they make about material circumstances – specifically the distribution of power – and the relative importance of actors’ understandings of those circumstances. This insight recasts the debate about the design and operation of international regimes. Scholars and policymakers must now grapple with the amount of hierarchy they would like to order the international system. The chapter proceeds as follows. We begin by defining our variables and presenting our argument. We go on to consider the parallels between the theories of John Locke and those of the neoliberal institutionalists. Next we highlight the similarities between the theories of Thomas Hobbes and those following in the tradition of hegemonic stability theory. Then we consider the similarities between the theories of Max Weber and those of the constructivists. Lastly we...

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