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Restraint in International Politics


Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486088

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  • The first comprehensive examination of restraint in international politics, considered across a range of psychological, social, political, and institutional contexts as a political process, device, and strategy. Surveying how restraint has been understood in international relations and political theory, with focus given to Aristotle and Machiavelli, Steele utilises Carl Jung's theories of complexes and the libido to broaden the conceptual definition of restraint as a phenomenon that is not only individual and inward-looking, but also relational and societal. Exploring its development, uses, expressions and challenges through history and in contemporary times, this book analyses the politics of restraint in processes of security, political economy, foreign policy and global public health. Situating restraint alongside similar concepts such as moderation, containment, and constraint, Steele asks against what, and from what, are we restraining ourselves, who authorizes restraint, and what are the risks and rewards (both ethical and practical). Steele concludes with a balanced political and normative argument for restraint going forward.

    • Provides the first-ever exploration of a concept (restraint) often used in international relations, including all of its known expressions in political science and international relations
    • Articulates the politics of restraint - how it is used as a discourse to punish, contain or restrict certain groups over others
    • Concludes with the assertion of a 'strategic narrative of restraint'
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486088
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Restraint appraised: restraint in international relations
    2. Restraint and actionism in global politics
    3. The historical (ab)uses of restraint: gender, race, class
    4. Democratic restraint, democratic libido
    5. Restraint, anti-climax, and insecurity
    6. Restraining those who can't restrain themselves: restraint, international political economy, and public health
    Conclusion: towards a strategic narrative of restraint.

  • Author

    Brent J. Steele, University of Utah
    Brent J. Steele is the Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author of four books, including Alternative Accountabilities in Global Politics: The Scars of Violence (2012). He is the co-editor of six books, has edited four journal special issues or symposia, and has published numerous journal articles, most recently in the European Journal of International Relations and the Journal of Global Security Studies.

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