Competition in World Politics

Knowledge, Strategies and Institutions

The »return of great power competition« between (among others) the US, China, Russia and the EU is a major topic in contemporary public debate. But why do we think of world politics in terms of »competition«? Which information and which rules enable states and other actors in world politics to »compete« with one another? Which competitive strategies do they pursue in the complex environment of modern world politics? This cutting-edge edited collection discusses these questions from a unique interdisciplinary perspective. It offers a fresh account of competition in world politics, looking beyond its military dimensions to questions of economics, technology and prestige.

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17 June 2021, 306 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5747-0

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Daniela Russ

Daniela Russ, Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland

James Stafford

James Stafford, Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland

1. Why did you choose this topic?

As a historian and a sociologist with interests in economics, we were struck by the growing volume of commentary on ›great power competition‹, especially between the US and China, over the past few years. We wondered what might be gained by looking at the different uses of ›competition‹ across different disciplines and social fields; and we also wondered whether this was just a ›great power‹ phenomenon or one involving smaller states, too.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

Competition between states is often treated as a kind of ambient background condition of international politics. In their different ways, the contributors to our volume show how competition is constructed and how it changed over time. What structures and sources of information are required to make competition possible? What roles are played by new technologies and ideologies? What can past era of intense world-political competition tell us about the present? These are questions that are outside the mainstream of international relations as a discipline; but second-nature for historians and sociologists.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Particularly in the fields of international law and international relations, scholars are grappling with the sheer range and diversity of fields – from microchip production to public health – that are part of contemporary political competition between states. We see our work as a contribution to scholarly debates over ›weaponised interdependence‹ and the ‹securitisation‹ of the world economy.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Georg Simmel.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

A new interdisciplinary exploration of competition in world politics.

Daniela Russ / James Stafford (eds.)
Book title
Competition in World Politics Knowledge, Strategies and Institutions
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung
Commodity Group
POL010000 SOC026000 POL033000 POL011000
Release date
17 June 2021
Globalisierung, Gesellschaft, Politik
Sociology, International Relations, International Law, History, Political Science
International Organizations, Technology, Trade, Nationalism, Rankings, Politics, Society, Globalization, Political Sociology, International Relations, Global History, Sociology

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