IR/global politics


2005 The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq, Cambridge: Polity, 170 pp. (Italian translation, L’Occidente alla Guerra: La tentazione dell’interventismo, Milano: Università Bocconi Editore, 2006, 231 pp.)

2003 War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society. Cambridge: Polity, 244 pp.

2000 Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution, Cambridge University Press, 286 pp. (Italian translation, La Rivoluzione Incompiuta: Democrazia e Stato nell’era della Globalità, with new introduction, Milano: Università Bocconi Editore, 2004, 292 pp.)

1996 Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence, London: Pinter, viii + 214 pp.(Partial German translation, ‘Die Repräsentation ferner Konflikte und die globale Zivilgesellschaft’, in Ulrich Beck, ed,Perspektiven der Weltgesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1998, pp. 221-56.)

1994 Global Society and International Relations: Sociological Concepts and Political Perspectives, Cambridge: Polity, vii + 197 pp.(Japanese translation, Tokyo: Minerva Shobo, 1997, vii + 266 pp.)

1991 Post-Military Society: Militarism, Demilitarization and War at the End of the Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Polity, and Philadelphia: Temple University Press, ix + 216 pp. (Partial Chinese translation, Taiwan, 2002.)

1988 Dialectics of War: An Essay on the Social Theory of War and Peace, London: Pluto, 168 pp.

Edited books

2005 Global Activism, Global Media, with Wilma de Jong and Neil Stammers, London: Pluto and Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1999 Politics and Globalisation: Knowledge, Ethics and Agency, London: Routledge, x + 229 pp.

1991 State and Society in International Relations, with Michael Banks, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, x + 209 pp.

1987 The Sociology of War and Peace, with Colin Creighton, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press, 245 pp.

1984 War, State and Society, edited, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press, vii + 266 pp.


2010 ‘Palestine in an International Historical Perspective on Genocide’Holy Land Studies, 9, 1, pp. 1-24.

2009 ‘Genocide in the Global Age’, in Bryan S. Wilson, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Globalisation Studies, London: Routledge, pp. 312-27.

‘Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks for Organised Violence’, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 3, 1, 2009, pp. 97-106.

2007 ‘When war is not war: Western and terrorist ways of war in the era of global surveillance warfare’, in Richard Keeble and Sarah Maltby, eds, Communicating War, London: Arima, pp. 130-40.

‘The Political Structure of a Global World: The Role of the United States’, in Bruce Mazlish, Nayan Chanda and Kenneth Weisbrode, eds, The Paradox of a Global USA, Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 16-30.

‘The general hybridity of war and genocide’, Journal of Genocide Research, 9, 3, 2007, 461-73.

2005 ‘Die neue westliche Kriegführung und ihre Kriese’, Das Argument, 47, 5/6, 93-100 (translated by Julian Müller).

‘Rethinking Peace, Security and Human Rights for a Global Age’, in Fabian Globalisation Group, Just World: A Fabian Manifesto, London: Zed, 73-78.

2004 ‘Internationalisation of the state’, in Wolfgang Fritz Haug, ed., Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, Berlin.

Risk-transfer Militarism and the Legitimacy of War after Iraq’Foreign Policy in Focus Policy Report, June 30, 2004

(1) republished as Paul Eden and Therese O’Donnell, eds, September 11, 2001: A Turning-Point in International and Domestic Law?, Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, 2005, 127-48;

(2) translated as ‘Militarismo de transferencia de riesgo y la legalidad de la guerra tras Irak’, translation of, inRelaciones Internacionales (Madrid), 3, October 2005.

(3) translated by Kai Hebel as ‚„Risikotransfer-Militarismus“ und die Relegitimierung des Krieges in der Weltgesellschaft’, in Thorsten Bonacker and Christoph Weller, ed., Konflikte der Weltgesellschaft: Akteure – Strukturen – Dynamiken, Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 151-74.

2003 ‘Strategy and Slaughter’, Review of International Studies, 29, 2, 2003, 269-78.

‘Global Politics After the Cold War’ in Mary Hawkesworth and Maurice Kogan, editors, Routledge Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, Second edition, London: Routledge.

‘The Global Transformation of the Social Sciences’, in Mary Kaldor, Helmut Anheier and Marlies Glasius, eds,Global Civil Society Yearbook 2003, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 35-44.

2002 ‘Risk-transfer militarism, small massacres and the historic legitimacy of war’, International Relations, 17, 3, 343-60.

‘The Unfinished Global Revolution: Intellectuals and the New Politics of International Relations’, Review of International Studies, 27, 1, 1-21

‘The Historical Transition of Our Times: The Question of Globality in Historical Sociology’, in John Hobson and Steve Hobden, eds, Historical Sociology and International Relations, 82-88, and in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, XIV, 2, 2001, 273-89

‘Post-Imperial and Quasi-Imperial: State and Empire in the Global Era’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 31, 2, 327-36.

‘Ten Challenges to Anti-War Politics’, Radical Philosophy 111, 11-19.

2001 ‘Democracy and Peace in the Global Revolution’, in Tarak Barkawi and Mark Laffey, eds., Democracy, Liberalism and War: Rethinking the Democratic Peace Debate, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 173-92.

‘Global society’ in the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Political Economy, London: Routledge, 606-07.

Review article, ‘War and humanitarian emergencies’, Journal of Development Studies, 17, 5, 154-59.

‘Media and Public Opinion in International Relations’, in Briggite Nacos and Robert Shapiro, eds., Decision-Making in a Glass House: Media, Public Opinion and American and European Foreign Policy, Boulder, Co.: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 27-40.

2000 ‘The development of the “common-risk” society: a theoretical overview’ in Jürgen Kuhlmann and Jean Callaghan (eds.) Military and Society in 21st Century Europe, Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, pp. 13-26 (simultaneous Russian edition, Moscow: Nauchnaya Kniga, 2000; reprinted in Society, 38, 6, September-October 2001, 7-15.

‘Historical sociology and global transformation’, in Ronen Palan (ed.) New Theories of the Global Political Economy, London: Routledge, 229-41.

‘The State of International Relations’, in Sarah Owen Vandersluis (ed.), The State and Identity Construction in International Relations, London: Macmillan, pp. 7-30.

1999 ‘Global Voices: Civil Society and the Media in Global Crises’, in Timothy Dunne and Nicholas J Wheeler, eds., Human Rights in Global Politics, Cambridge University Press, pp. 214-32

‘War and Society’, in John W Chambers II, ed., The Oxford Companion to American Military History, New York: Oxford University Press

(review article) ‘The Political Meaning of Global Change’, International Politics, 36, 429-34.

‘Civil Society’ in Lester Kurtz, ed., Encyclopaedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 269-78

‘The Kosovan War, 1998-99: State, War and Genocide in the Global Revolution’, Sociological Research Online, (reprinted in Papers in Social Theory 5, Warwick/Sussex, 2000).

‘War and Globality: The Role and Character of War in the Global Transition’ in Ho-Won Jeong, ed.,The New Agenda for Peace Research, Reading: Ashgate, pp. 61-80, translated as

(1) ‘Guerre et globalité: le rôle et le caractère de la guerre à l’intérieur de la transition globale’ (translated) in Pierre Hassner and Roland Marchal, eds, Guerres et sociétés: Etat et violence après la Guerre Froide. Paris: Editions Karthala, 49-75.

(2) ‘El papel y el carácter de la guerra en la transición global’ (translated) in Eduardo Andrés, Sandoval Forero and Robinson Salazar Pérez, eds, América Latina: Conflicto, Violencia y Paz en el Siglo XXI, Mexico City: Librosenred, 2003, 15-44.

‘The Global Revolution and the Challenge of the Twenty-First Century: From International Relations to Global Politics’ in Stephen Chan and Jarrod Wiener, eds., Twentieth Century International History, London: IB Taurus, pp. 191-210

‘Globality as a revolutionary transformation’ in Martin Shaw, ed., Politics and Globalisation, London: Routledge.

1998 ‘The Historical Sociology of the Future’, Review of International Political Economy, 5, 2, pp 322-27.

1997 ‘The Theoretical Challenge of Global Society’ in Sreberny-Mohhammadi, Winseck, McKenna, Boyd-Barrett, eds., Media in Global Context, London: Edward Arnold, reprinted in John Beynon and David Dunkerley, eds.,Globalization: The Reader, London: Athlone Press, 2000, pp 61-64

‘The State of Globalization: towards a theory of state transformation’, Review of International Political Economy, 4, 3, Autumn, pp 497-513, reprinted in Neil Brenner, Bob Jessop, Martin Jones and Gordon MacLeod, eds,State/Space: A Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, and (abridged) as ‘Theorizing the Emergent Global State’, in Richard Little and Michael Smith, eds, Perspectives on World Politics, Third Edition, London: Taylor and Francis, 2005.

‘Globalization and post-military democracy’, in Anthony McGrew, ed., The Transformation of Democracy, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 26-48.

‘Nueva guerras urbanas’ (‘new wars of the city’), Dos, dos: revista sobre las cuidades, 2, Vallidolid, Spain, pp 67-75, reproduced online in The Urban Operations Journal,, 2003.

‘Past Wars and Present Conflicts: From the Second World War to the Gulf’, in Martin Lunn and Ken Evans, eds.,War and Memory in the Twentieth Century, Leamington Spa: Berg, 191-205.

1996 ‘Nova Varnostna Razprava in Druzbene Spremembe’ (The New Security Debate and Social Transformations), translated by Marjan Malesic, in Malesic, ed., Razvoj Obramboslovne Misli, Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences, 13-32.

1995 ‘Military, State and Society in the 21st Century: challenges of the Fragmentary Peace’, in Harold Gillman and Detlef Herold, eds., Democratic and Civil Control over Armed Forces, Rome: NATO Defense College, 55-68.

1994 The Global State and the Politics of Intervention, London: Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics, 15 pp.

‘Civil Society and Global Politics: Beyond a Social Movements Approach’, Millenium: Journal of International Studies, 23, 3, Winter, 647-68.

‘Self-determination: Comments on Subaidi’, in D.A.C. Freestone, ed., Self-determination: A Symposium, Hull: University of Hull Law School.

‘Churches and War: Surveys of Attitudes during the Gulf Conflict’ (with Roy Carr-Hill), in Peter G. Forster, ed., Contemporary Mainstream Christianity, Aldershot: Gower.

‘Theses on a Post-Military Europe: Conscription, Citizenship and Militarism after the Cold War’, in Chris Rootes and Howard Davis, eds., A New Europe: Social Change and Political Transformation, London: UCL Press, pp. 55-71.

‘Towards a Global Policy for Labour’, Renewal: A Journal of Labour Politics, 2, 1, pp. 30-9.

1993 ‘The failure of international law in its wider context: comments on Rehman’, in D.A.C. Freestone, ed.,Humanitarian Intervention in Former Yugoslavia, University of Hull European Community Research Unit, 2 pp.

‘”There is no such thing as society”: beyond individualism and statism in international security studies’, Review of International Studies, 19, 2, April, pp. 159-76

‘The Denial of Death’ (with Roy Carr-Hill), Peace Review, 5:1, pp. 35-41.

1992 ‘Global society and global responsibility: the theoretical, analytical and practical limits of international society’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 21, 3, Winter, pp 421-34 (republished in Rick Fawns and Jeremy Larkins, eds., International Society After the Cold War: Anarchy and Order Reconsidered, Macmillan, 1996).

‘Public Opinion and Media War Coverage in Britain’, in Hamid Mowlana, George W. Gerbner and Herbert Schiller, eds., Triumph of the Image: The Media’s War in the Persian Gulf. A Global Perspective, Boulder, Colorado: Westview (with Roy Carr-Hill).

1991 ‘Mass Media and Attitudes to the Gulf War in Britain’ in Michael Morgan, ed., ‘The Media and the Gulf War’, special issue of The Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication, Montreal (with Roy Carr-Hill).

Public Opinion, Media and Violence: Attitudes to the Gulf War in a Local Population (with Roy Carr-Hill), Hull: Hull University Gulf War Project, 42 pp..

‘State Theory and the Post-Cold War World’ and ‘Total War and the Theory of the State’ in Shaw and Banks, eds, State and Society in International Relations, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester-Wheatsheaf.

1990 ‘Strategy and Social Process: lessons from strategic studies’, Sociology, 24, 3, August, pp 465-73 (extract republished in David Morgan and Liz Stanley, eds, Debates in Sociology, Manchester: MUP, 1994).

‘From Total War to Democratic Peace: exterminism and historical pacifism’, in H. Kaye and K. McClelland, eds,E.P. Thompson: Critical Debates, Cambridge: Polity, 233-51.

1989 ‘War and the Nation-State’, in D. Held and J. Thompson, eds., Social Theory of Modern Societies: Anthony Giddens and his Critics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

‘Ideen uber Krieg und Militarisierung in der Gesellschaftstheorie des Späten Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts’, translated by H. Joas, in H. Joas and H. Steiner, eds., Machtpolitischer Realismus und Pazifistische Utopie: Krieg und Frieden in der Geschichte der Sozialwissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 283-308.

1988 ‘The Real Sociology of War: A reply to Roger Scruton’, British Journal of Sociology, XXXIX, 4, December, 615-8.

‘The End of Regimentation: Socialism’s Second Chance’, Detente: A quarterly journal devoted to understanding the Soviet Union, 13, 14-16.

‘In Defence of “Historical Pacifism”‘, European Nuclear Disarmament Journal, October-January, pp 34-5.

1984 ‘War: The End of the Dialectic?’, Journal of Area Studies, 9, 1-4.

‘War and Social Theory’ and ‘War, Imperialism and the State System: A critique of orthodox Marxism for the 1980s’ in Shaw, ed., War, State and Society, London: Macmillan, 1-24 and 47-60.

1981 Socialism and Militarism, Nottingham: Spokesman, 34 pp.

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