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Global Governmentality by William Walters, Wendy Larner

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Introduction

Global governmentality: governing international spaces

Wendy Larner and William Walters

Nothing is so firmly beleeved, as that which man knoweth leest.

(Michel de Montaigne 1965: 230)

Global Governmentality is a book about international studies. Like other such collections, our authors address many of the themes which have long preoccupied students of international affairs, such as international security, world order, war and peace, economic development, and the plight of refugees. But what makes this collection somewhat novel is the fact that all our contributors share in some form or other an interest in what Michel Foucault (1991) called ‘governmentality’. Each chapter seeks to demonstrate how concepts ...

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