A Research Agenda for the Study of Peaceful Change in World Politics

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  • Deborah Welch Larson
  • T.V. Paul
  • Harold A. Trinkunas
  • Wivel, Anders
  • Ralf Emmers
This concluding chapter offers a summary and evaluation of the key ideas contained in the chapters of this Handbook. The chapter discusses peaceful change in terms of conceptual clarity; historical evolution of scholarship in the area, especially the interwar, Cold War, and post–Cold War era efforts at analyzing the concepts; and the policy innovations in this realm. This is followed by an evaluation of the key umbrella theories of international relations—realism, liberalism, and constructivism—and how they approach peaceful change. Some important sources and mechanisms of change are analyzed. This is followed by discussion of the policy contributions of selected great and rising powers toward peaceful change. The chapter then offers a summary of contributions and progress that various regions have made in the area of peaceful change. It concludes with some ideas for future research while highlighting the significance of the subject matter for international relations and the world order.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations
EditorsT.V. Paul, Deborah Welch Larson, Harold A. Trinkunas, Anders Wivel, Ralf Emmers
Number of pages778
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9780190097356
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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