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How is the concept that of society understood on an international scale, when you consider that individuals aren't contributors, yet states, organizations, NGOs and countries? Barry Buzan bargains an unique contribution to the "English university" thought. His learn establishes a brand new theoretical framework emphasizing social constitution that may be used to deal with globalization as advanced political interaction between kingdom and non-state actors.

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And moves it towards a holistic, synthesising approach that features the patterns of strength and interplay amongst the three pillars. But world 10 English school theory and its problems society has been the Cinderella concept of English school theory, receiving relatively little attention and almost no conceptual development. To the extent that it gets discussed at all, it is in the context of other concerns, usually, but not always, human rights. So long as day-to-day world politics was dominated by the international system and international society pillars, with world society only a residual element in the background, the English school could get away with treating world society as a Cinderella.

In this form, it provides social structural benchmarks for the evaluation of significant change in international orders (Holsti 2002); sets out a taxonomy that enables comparisons to be made across time and space; and provides some predictions and explanations of outcome, such as Watson’s (1990, 1992) macro-level theory about the inherent instabilities of anarchy and empire. The English school also has two other claims to theoretical standing. The first, and most obvious, is its importance as a self-conscious location for the practice of a methodologically pluralist approach to the study of international relations, and therefore as a potential site for grand theory.

The third view sees international system, international society and world society as a set of analytical concepts designed to capture the material and social structures of the international system (Buzan and Little 2000). This is the one that I intend to develop in the chapters that follow. This view is strong in the work of Bull (1977), and even more so of James (1978, 1986, 1993), and is analogous to the structural approaches taken by non-English-school IR theorists such as Waltz (1979), who is only interested in material structures, and Wendt (1999) who sets up a social structural approach.

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