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  1. Crucial Core Texts 2 items
    The following books are essential texts. They set out the two conceptions of Great Power status which are fundamental to the module.
    1. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics - Hedley Bull 2002

      Book Essential In this book Bull sets out the understanding of a Great Power that has become central to English School theory. This is a 'must read' for this module.

    2. Theory of International Politics - Kenneth N. Waltz 2010

      Book Essential This is the most important text for this module. Waltz's theoretical framework is cetral to almost all that we will discuss, so you need to be familiar with this book. This book was first published in 1979 and then reprinted in 2010. The two versions, including pagination, are identical, with the exception of a new foreword in the 2010 version.

  2. Core Texts 5 items
    The following books will be useful throughout the module and should be read in addition to the specific sources listed for each tutorial.
    1. Hierarchy in International Relations - David A. Lake 2009

      Book Essential

    2. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics - John J. Mearsheimer 2001

      Book Recommended

  3. Organisational and explanatory meeting 1 item
    1. There is no set reading for this tutorial. It will be used as a familiarisation session, but also to explain how the module will run. This is particularly important for this module since the tutorials, and more specifically the manner in which reading will be assigned for them, is likely to be unfamiliar to students.

      For each tutorial only a small number of items are listed for reading. However, all students will be expected to read all the items listed (or at least 3 where more are listed). Tutorial discussions will centre on the listed texts. Whilst no supplementary reading is listed, the expectation is that students will, in addition, use their initiative and research skills to identify, locate and utilise additional materials themselves.

      Almost all of the set texts are available electronically, either as journal articles or as digitised book chapters via Digital Texts. Where this is not the case texts will be provided by the Module Coordinator.

  4. 1. What does the dominant discourse in IR theory tell us about the formal equality and material differences between states? 3 items
    1. The Balance of Power: History & Theory: Chapter 1 - The Meaning of the Balance of Power - Michael Sheehan 2004 (electronic resource)

      Chapter Essential Click on this link to access a copy of this book chapter.

    2. Theory of International Politics: Chapter 5 - Political Structures - Kenneth Waltz 1979

      Chapter Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this book chapter.

  5. 2. How does hierarchy manifest itself in international politics? 4 items
    1. Theory of International Politics: Chapter 6 - Anarchic Orders and Balances of Power - Kenneth Waltz 1979

      Chapter Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this book chapter.

  6. 3. Is material capability the most important credential for a Great Power? 6 items
    1. Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism - Joseph M. Grieco 1988

      Article Essential Concentrate here on the absolute versus relative gains debate.

    2. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace - Chapters 8 and 9 - Hans Joachim Morgenthau 1973

      Book Essential Various editions and versions of this book have been printed. You need to read Chapter 8: The Essence of National Power, and Chapter 9: Elements of National Power. See me if you're having difficulty accessing this text.

  7. 4. Can states really be counted as Great Powers if they lack broad social acceptance and peer group recognition? 5 items
  8. 5. Does Great Powers status bring with it special roles and/or responsibilities? 5 items
    1. Special responsibilities: global problems and American power: Chapter 2 - Special responsibilities in world politics - Mlada Bukovansky et al 2012 (electronic resource)

      Chapter Essential Click this link to access a copy of this book chapter.

    2. The Global Covenant: Human Conduct in a World of States: Chapter 6 - The Situational Ethics of Independent Statecraft - Robert H. Jackson 2000

      Chapter Essential Click on this link to access a copy of this book chapter.

    3. Theory of International Politics: Chapter 9 - The Management of International Affairs - Kenneth Waltz 1979

      Chapter Essential Click on this link to access a copy of this book chapter.

  9. 6. Does the great power of the Great Powers means that they will always be able to write the rules by which the membership of International Society has to abide? 4 items
    1. International Norm Dynamics and Political Change - Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink 1998

      Article Essential

    2. 'Normative Innovation and the Great Powers', in A. J. Bellamy, International society and its critics - Justin Morris 2005 (electronic resource)

      Chapter Essential Click this link to access a copy of this book chapter.

  10. 7. Building post-war architectures 4 items
    1. The hierarchy of states: reform and resistance in the international order - Ian Clark 1989

      Chapter Essential Please read Chapter 8: 'Concert without Balance, 1918-1939'. See me if you're having difficulty accessing this text.

  11. 8. Reading and Writing about Great Powers 1 item
    1. During the week beginning 20 November there will be no tutorial for this module. Instead students will attend individual meetings during which they will be required to provide an essay plan. The meetings will be used to discuss the essay plans and for the Module Coordinator to advise students on how best to proceed with their essays.

  12. 9. The Greatest Responsibility to Protect? 4 items
    1. Liberal Internationalism, the practice of special responsibilities and evolving politics of the security council - Ian Clark and Christian Reus-Smit 2013

      Article Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this journal article.

    2. Distributing Duties and Counting Costs - Tim Dunne 2013

      Article Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this journal article.

    3. Responsibility to Protect and the Great Powers: The Tensions of Dual Responsibility - Justin Morris 2015

      Article Essential See me if you're having difficulty accessing this journal article.

    4. 'The Responsibility Not To Veto' in The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect - Justin Morris, Nicholas J. Wheeler 2016 (electronic resource)

      Chapter Essential

  13. 10. Cooperation, or a 'Return to Geopolitics'? 3 items
  14. Going beyond your reading list 1 item
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