Ordering International Politics: Identity, Crisis and Representational Force

1st Edition

Janice Bially Mattern

Routledge
Published November 24, 2004
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415948975 - CAT# RT8975

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Summary

How do states sustain international order during crises? Drawing on the political philosophy of Lyotard and through an empirical examination of the Anglo-American international order during the 1956 Suez Crisis, Bially Mattern demonstrates that states can (and do) use representational force--a forceful but non-physical form of power exercised through language--to stabilize international identity and in turn international order.

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