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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1017/S0260210510000975|
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Despite sustained theoretical and empirical criticism of ‘statism’, a recognisable model of political structure other of hierarchy and anarchy (the models that underpin the state system-model) has long been lacking. Even many proponents of radical transformation of the international system often remain ‘post-international’, describing world politics essentially in terms of complications to the international system. This article agrees that a new point of departure is needed but offers a different model of political structure by redefining the term ‘polity’ – a term which is increasingly used to capture non-territorial political entities neither constituted by hierarchy nor by the lack of it. With the new definition building on Waltz’s theory of theory as a ‘picture, mentally formed’ in order to simplify a domain, a polity is deemed to exist when a set of subjects are oriented towards a common ‘governance-object’. The new polity model is applied illustratively to the idea of a global polity and a new polity research agenda of international relations is suggested.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 British International Studies Association|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Depositing User:||Olaf Corry|
|Date Deposited:||11 Jan 2012 09:35|
|Last Modified:||26 Oct 2012 22:45|
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