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Social Emergence in International Relations : Institutional Dynamics in East Asia (Hardcover) (Maren

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This bookpresents a conceptualization of social emergence in international relations asa novel angle to analyse institutional dynamics in East Asia, introducing theconcept of emergence from a critical realist perspective. The author examinesEast Asia’s characteristic mesh work of regional institutions that affectintegrative processes and regional policies, exploring how such institutionsemerge and acquire their own nature and why this pattern persists over time, anunresolved and contested subject in the field of International Relations. Thisbook suggests that regional institutions are emergent entities of theinternational system that arise as forms of self-organization by states toachieve certain emergent properties and powers. The author’s approach shedslight on the particular emergent properties and powers of regional institutionsand identifies discourse as a key mechanism of social emergence. Besidesengaging in relevant questions of the philosophy of science and itsmethodological implications for studying social emergence in world politics,the book also analyses the concrete case of two East Asian regionalinstitutions: ASEAN Plus Three and the East Asia Summit. This book will engagescholars and postgraduate students of Asian Studies and InternationalRelations.

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