Ordering International Politics: Identity, Crisis, and Representational Force

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Political Science - 303 pages
How do states sustain international order during crises? Drawing on the political philosophy of Lyotard and through an empirical examination of the Anglo-American international order during the 1956 Suez Crisis, Bially Mattern demonstrates that states can (and do) use representational force--a forceful but non-physical form of power exercised through language--to stabilize international identity and in turn international order.
 

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Contents

Toward an Identity Turn?
3
Sources of Order
27
The Suez Puzzle
61
Forcing Order
89
Forcing AngloAmerican Order
125
Dissolution
161
ReProduction
193
ReTurn to Identity
241
Endnotes
271
Bibliography
287
Index
299
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