Power Politics and State Recognition

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Routledge Handbook of State Recognition


This chapter focuses on the role of geopolitics in state recognition practices.




1st edition

This handbook provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the theoretical and empirical aspects of state recognition in international politics and will be of great interest to students of foreign policy, international relations, international law, comparative politics and area studies.

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