"The idea of multilateralism is not something that can be forced on states, nor does it come naturally to them." —Tom Keating
Seeking Order in Anarchy offers insights into both the theoretical foundations and the real-world outcomes of multilateralism in world affairs. Recognizing that Tom Keating’s theories, though rooted in Canadian foreign policy, have a broader application in international relations, Robert W. Murray has assembled an array of theoretical interpretations of multilateralism, as well as case studies examining its practical effects. Drawing from the insights of fourteen noted scholars and featuring an essay from Tom Keating himself, this volume examines the conditions that encourage states to adopt multilateral strategies, and the consequences of doing so in the context of increasingly complex global politics. Seeking Order in Anarchy is an important book for scholars, graduate students, policy makers, and anyone interested in how multilateralism functions in today’s world.
Contributors: Francis Kofi Abiew, Edward Ansah Akuffo, Greg J. Anderson, David R. Black, Duane Bratt, Antonio Franceschet, Paul Gecelovsky, David J. Hornsby, Tom Keating, Christopher J. Kukucha, John McCoy, Robert W. Murray, Shaun Narine, Kim Richard Nossal, Matthew S. Weinert
About the authors
Robert W. Murray is Vice-President, Research with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
David R. Black is Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His research has focused on Canada’s role in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa’s place within the continent, and sport in world politics. He is co-editor of A Decade of Human Security (2006) and The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: The Case of Darfur (2008).
Duane Bratt is professor and chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.
Tom Keating was Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta until his retirement. His field of interest was international relations.
Kim Richard Nossal is a professor of political science at Queen’s University. He is a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association and former editor of International Journal. From 2001 to 2012, he was the chair of the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum of the Department of National Defence. He is also the author of a number of works on Canada’s foreign and defence policy. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
"They say Cape Buffalo ward off predators by instinctive mobbing behaviour. Many buffalo will join to protect the herd. Among nations, this is called “multilateralism”. It sounds co-operative and altruistic, but in practice can be narrow and cynical. Seeking Order In Anarchy examines the phenomenon with first-rate essays by political scientists. The book is timely, in an age of rising nationalism and a receding tide of free trade." [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-the-herd/]
"For those engaged in re-engineering Canada’s foreign policy, Seeking Order in Anarchy: Multilateralism as State Strategy, a splendid volume edited by Robert W. Murray, offers helpful perspective… The authors highlight a distinctive Canadian scholarship of international relations— literate, analytically acute…. And the great Canadian scholar Tom Keating contributes a fine set of conclusions seeking to reconcile and illuminate the idea and often imperfect practice of multilateralism.”
Literary Review of Canada
Other titles by David R. Black
Other titles by Duane Bratt
Politics in the New Alberta
From Kinshasa to Kandahar
Canada and Fragile States in Historical Perspective
Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival
Advocacy Coalitions in Action
Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy
Classic Debates and New Ideas
The Politics of CANDU Exports
Other titles by Tom Keating
Other titles by Christopher J. Kukucha
Other titles by Kim Richard Nossal
A Canadian Healthcare Innovation Agenda
Policy, Governance, and Strategy
The Politics of War
Canada’s Afghanistan Mission, 2001–14
Managing a Canadian Healthcare Strategy
Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada
The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 4th Edition
Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians
Architects and Innovators/Architectes et Innovateurs
Building the Department of Foreign and International Trade, 1909-2009/le développement du ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international, 1909-2009