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Power in Concert: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance

Jennifer Mitzen


How states cooperate in the absence of a sovereign power is a perennial question in international relations. This book argues that global governance is more than just the cooperation of states under anarchy: it is the formation and maintenance of collective intentions, or joint commitments among states to address problems together. The key mechanism through which these intentions are sustained is face-to-face diplomacy, which keeps states' obligations to one another salient and helps them solve problems on a day-to-day basis. The book argues that the origins of this practice lie in the Concert ... More

Keywords: sovereign power, international relations, global governance, cooperation of states, anarchy, collective intentions, joint commitments, diplomacy, Concert of Europe, informal agreement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226060088
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226060255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Mitzen, author