'Corpus Mysticum': Niklas Luhmann's Evocation of World Society

Rossbach, Stefan (2003) 'Corpus Mysticum': Niklas Luhmann's Evocation of World Society. In: Albert, Mathias and Hilkermeier, Lena, eds. Observing International Relations: Niklas Luhmann and World Politics. The New International Relations Series, 1 . Routledge, London, pp. 44-56. ISBN 978-0-415-31538-8. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Do theories of world society provide viable alternatives to the notion of an 'international system'? Observing International Relations draws upon the modern systems theory of society, developed by Niklas Luhmann, to provide new perspectives on central aspects of contemporary world society and to generate theoretically informed insights on the possibilities and limits of regulation in global governance. The authors develop a Luhmannian theory of world society by contrasting it with competing notions of international society, critically discussing the use of modern systems theory in international relations theory and assessing its treatment of central concepts within international relations, such as power, sovereignty, governance and war. The book will appeal to both sociologists and international relations specialists interested in the application of sociological theories to social contexts beyond the nation state. Mathias Albert, University of Bielefeld, Germany Lothar Brock, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany Chris Brown, London School of Economics, UK Thomas Diez,

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Stefan Rossbach
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008 10:32
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 09:53
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