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The Coming Multi-Order World

Flockhart, Trine (2016) The Coming Multi-Order World. Contemporary Security Policy, 37 (1). pp. 3-30. ISSN 1352-3260. E-ISSN 1743-8764. (doi:10.1080/13523260.2016.1150053)


The article shows that the current international system is changing towards a completely new form of international system, conceptualized as a multi-order system. The suggestion for a multi-order world stands in contrast to three current narratives about the future global order expressed through a multipolar narrative; a multi-partner narrative and a multi-culture narrative. The article demonstrates that although each narrative points to a plausible future, neither fully captures what lies ahead. Using English School concepts such as order, international society, international system and primary and secondary institutions, the article reveals a conception of the coming international system as a system consisting of several different ‘orders’ (or international societies) nested within an overall international system. In the coming ‘multi-order world’, the liberal order will continue, and may even be strengthened internally, but its global reach will be a thing of the past. Moreover, the challenge in a multi-order world will be to forge new forms of relationships between composite and diverse actors across complex lines of division and convergence. Scholars and policy-makers should note that the coming multi-order world will be radically different, requiring new thinking and new institutions and the acceptance of diversity in both power and principle.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13523260.2016.1150053
Uncontrolled keywords: International Order; American Foreign Policy; English School; Liberal International Order;
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Trine Flockhart
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 10:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:07 UTC
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