Reus-Smit, Chris (2018). On Cultural Diversity: International Theory in a World of Difference. Cambridge: CUP. (visit publisher site)

The rise of non-Western Great Powers, the spread of transnational religiously-justified insurgencies, and the resurgence of ethno-nationalism raise fundamental questions about the effects of cultural diversity on international order. Yet current debate - among academics, popular commentators, and policy-makers alike - rests on flawed understandings of culture and inaccurate assumptions about how historically cultural diversity has shaped the evolution of international orders. In this path-breaking book, Christian Reus-Smit details how the major theories of international relations have consistently misunderstood the nature and effects of culture, returning time and again to a conception long abandoned in specialist fields: the idea of cultures as coherent, bounded, and constitutive.

Orford, Anne and Florian Hoffmann (eds.) (2018). The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law. Oxford: OUP. (visit publisher site)

The Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory provides an accessible and authoritative guide to the major thinkers, concepts, approaches, and debates that have shaped contemporary international legal theory. The Handbook features close to fifty original essays by leading international scholars from a wide range of traditions, nationalities, and perspectives, reflecting the richness and diversity of this dynamic field.

Sluga, Glenda and Patricia Clavin (eds.) (2016). Internationalisms: A Twentieth-Century History. Cambridge: CUP. (visit publisher site)

This is a pioneering survey of the rise of internationalism as a mainstream political idea mobilised in support of the ambitions of indigenous populations, feminists and anti-colonialists, as well as politicians, economists and central bankers. Leading scholars trace the emergence of intergovernmental organisations such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation, and the corresponding expansion in transnational sociability and economic entanglement throughout the long twentieth century.

Dunne, Tim and Chris Reus-Smit (eds.) (2016). The Globalization of International Society. Oxford: OUP. (visit publisher site)

The Globalization of International Society re-examines the development of today's society of sovereign states, drawing on a wealth of new scholarship to challenge the landmark account presented in Bull and Watson's classic work, The Expansion of International Society (OUP, 1984). The book examines the institutional contours of contemporary international society, with its unique blend of universal sovereignty and global law, and its forms of hierarchy that coexist with commitments to international human rights.

Sluga, Glenda (2015). Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism. Philadelphia: U Penn Press. (visit publisher site)

Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism traces the arc of internationalism through its rise before World War I, its apogee at the end of World War II, its reprise in the global seventies and the post-Cold War nineties, and its decline after 9/11. Drawing on original archival material and contemporary accounts, Sluga focuses on specific moments when visions of global community occupied the liberal political mainstream.






Professor Chris Reus-Smit

School of Political Science and International Studies

University of Queensland


Professor Glenda Sluga

Laureate Program in Intern. History

University of Sydney



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