Institutions, Law and Governance in a Partially Globaized World

Institutions, Law and Governance in a Partially Globaized World

Institutions, Law and Governance in a Partially Globaized World

Institutions, Law and Governance in a Partially Globaized World


As one of the most innovative and influential thinkers in international relations for more than three decades, Robert O. Keohane's groundbreaking work in institutional theory has redefined our understanding of international political economy. Consisting of a selection of his most recent essays, this absorbing book address such core issues as interdependence, institutions, the development of international law, globalization and global governance. The essays are placed in historical and intellectual context by a substantial new introduction outlining the developments in Keohane's thought, and in an original afterword, the author offers a challenging interpretation of the September 11th attacks and their aftermath. Undoubtedly, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in international relations.


The essays in this book were first published between 1990 and 2001 and indicate the development of my thinking during those years. They form a sequel to my previous volume of essays, International Institutions and State Power (Boulder: Westview, 1989). The new introduction to this volume describes the conception of world politics that informs them all, as well as the evolution of my thinking during the last decade of the Millennium. Since that introduction combines intellectual with personal history, it leaves little for this preface except acknowledgements of my debts to others.

This book was first imagined not by me but by my editor, Craig Fowlie. Craig approached me with the idea for a book of essays a couple of years ago, and eventually the seed he planted germinated. I am grateful to him for his confidence and persistence, and for his efficiency in securing reviews and managing the editorial process. The previously published chapters appear as they did originally, with a few minor editorial changes and corrections of points of fact, but without changes in interpretation or argument.

The manuscript was completed while I was on leave from Duke University in the fall of 2001. Chapters 1 and 12 were written then. Duke has been a rewarding place to teach and to do research - not to speak of watching basketball! I wish to express my appreciation to Duke University and in particular to the chair of the Department of Political Science, Michael Munger, for providing me with the leave that made this volume possible at this time. I also wish to thank my assistant, Doris Cross, for her help in making the final arrangements for sending this work to the publisher.

Chapters 3, 4, 6 and part of Chapter 5 were written while I was on the faculty of the Department of Government of Harvard University. Harvard always treated me very well, and it is difficult to imagine that I would have written this book without the opportunities offered by this great university. Dean Jeremy Knowles was particularly kind and generous to me when I decided to leave Harvard for Duke, and I wish to record here my thanks to him for his thoughtfulness and consideration.

My “turn toward law” was facilitated not only by the intellectual interests and personal friendships discussed in the introduction, but also by a Frank Kenan Fellowship at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle

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