Escape from the State of Nature: Authority and Hierarchy in World Politics

  title={Escape from the State of Nature: Authority and Hierarchy in World Politics},
  author={David A. Lake},
  journal={International Security},
  • David A. Lake
  • Published 2007
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Despite increasing attention, scholars lack the analytic tools necessary to understand international hierarchy and its consequences for politics and policy. This is especially true for the informal hierarchies now found in world affairs. Rooted in a formal-legal tradition, international relations scholars almost universally assume that the international system is a realm of anarchy. Although the fact of anarchy remains a truism for the system as a whole, it is a fallacy of division to infer… Expand
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