Abstract | Since the end of the Cold War, students of international relations have struggled to move beyond the state-centric accounts long predominant within their discipline by arguing that the study of world politics should widened to comprise other actors and relations as well. The most common way to make sense of world politics has been to invoke the concept of the global and its many cognates. Yet it has become increasingly clear that the global and the international represent very different worldviews, each with deep roots in Western political thought. In this lecture, I will discuss the tensions between these views along with attempts to resolve them.
Bio | Jens Bartelson is Professor of Political Science, Lund University. His fields of interest include international political theory, the history of political thought, political philosophy and social theory. He has written mainly about the concept of the sovereign state and the philosophy of world community. He is the author of Visions of World Community (Cambridge University Press, 2009), The Critique of the State (Cambridge University Press, 2001), A Genealogy of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press, 1995).