Routledge Handbook of State Recognition

by Gëzim Visoka, John Doyle, Edward Newman

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This new handbook provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the theoretical and empirical aspects of state recognition in international politics.

Although the recognition of states plays a central role in shaping global politics, it remains an under-researched and widely dispersed subject. Coherently and innovatively structured, the handbook brings together a group of international scholars who examine the most important theoretical and comparative perspectives on state recognition, including debates about pathways to secession and self-determination, the broad range of actors and strategies that shape the recognition of states and a significant number of contemporary case studies.

The handbook is organised into four key sections:

  • Theoretical and normative perspectives
  • Pathways to independent statehood
  • Actors, forms and the process of state recognition
  • Case studies of contemporary state recognition

This handbook will be of great interest to students of foreign policy, international relations, international law, comparative politics and area studies.

Chapter 19 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

  • Taylor and Francis; September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781351131742
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Routledge Handbook of State Recognition
  • Author: Gëzim Visoka (ed.); John Doyle (ed.); Edward Newman (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge
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  • 9781351131742
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In The Press

'The most comprehensive review of the highly relevant and contested doctrine and practice on recognition - a magnificent resource for years to come.'- Marc Weller, University of Cambridge, UK.

'The Routledge Handbook of State Recognition offers a unique and valuable collection of contributions to the study of the theory and practice of state recognition that ventures far beyond the traditional concerns of international law. A truly interdisciplinary work that integrates a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives on recognition, this handbook should be of great value to scholars and advanced students of international relations, political theory and international law.' - Jens Bartelson, Lund University, Sweden

'This handbook examines how and why the world's political map changes. Gathering experts from multiple fields, it is the best single collection on how certain new states get recognised and how other aspiring states exist in a grey zone, unrecognised on the map but unavoidable on the ground.' - Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech, Washington DC, USA

'The politics of recognition form the core of the state-based international order and its evolution. In this volume, Visoka, Doyle and Newman assemble a top-notch group of scholars with diverse theoretical perspectives and expertise. The resulting conversation, and the handbook, is more than the sum of its parts. It is perhaps even more important, however, for its timeliness as conflicts on the mend are newly raw, cold conflicts are becoming more violent and ever more discontents consider demanding unilateral independence.' - Bridget Coggins, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

About The Author

    Gëzim Visoka is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.

    John Doyle is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at Dublin City University, Ireland.

    Edward Newman is a Professor of International Security in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.