Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security

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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author

Barry Buzan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author, co-author or editor of over fifteen books and has published widely in academic journals.
Ole Wæver is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.


"Regions and Powers is a work that demands attention from both general IR theorists and regional specialists." Spencer D. Bakich, Virginia Quarterly Review
"The authors' earlier works in security studies are brought together and developed into an innovative and coherent regional security complex theory. The empirical sweep of the study is monumental. This book is a major re-think of the problem of security in the post-Cold War world and successfully challenges conventional and competing approaches." Kalevi J. Holsti, University of British Columbia
"This is the long-awaited follow-on book to Buzan's and Waever's initial statement of securitization.Regions and Powers develops a conceptual apparatus for an interpretation of all of the world's different regional security complexes. The book is heroic in its ambition and Herculean in its execution. A landmark study that displays a rare combination of cutting-edge theoretical sophistication with an insatiable appetite for data." Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University
"The domain of world society has for some time been a neglected dimension in English School theorizing. Barry Buzanas book has not only filled this gap, it has radically reconfigured the relationship between international system, international society and world society. The result is a formidable work of grand theory. At last we have a work in the English School which is analytically rigorous enough to meet the high standards set by the best recent American IR theory while at the same time remaining faithful to the richness of the original sociological institutionalism." Tim Dunne, University of Exeter
"This is a book tht deserves to be widely read, and it is liekly to serve as an inspiration for many subsequent studies of regions." Political Science Quarterly