Book Recommendations

Globalizing International Relations

Globalizing International Relations

This volume, edited by Ingo Peters and Wiebke Wemheuer-Vogelaar, engages with the 'Global(izing) International Relations' debate, which is marked by the emerging tensions between the steadily increasing diversity and persisting dividing lines in today's International Relations (IR) scholarship.

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism - the first of its kind - offers a systematic and wide-ranging survey of the scholarship on regionalism, regionalization, and regional governance. It provides an extensive and authoritative examination of comparative regionalism, featuring contributions from leading figures in the field

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Responses to the “Arabellions”: The EU in Comparative Perspective

This special issue, edited by Tanja A. Börzel, Assem Dandashly and Thomas Risse, is devoted to the reactions by external actors including the EU to the events unfolding in the Arab world beginning in December 2010. In particular, it looks at the balancing act by external actors between their desire for stability, on the one hand, and their normative principles toward human rights and democracy, on the other.


Transnationalization and Regulatory Change in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. Ukraine between Brussels and Moscow

KFG associated fellow Julia Langbein examines in her recent book why regulatory reforms in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood countries are happening despite the presence of domestic veto players who favour the status quo, the lack of EU membership perspective and the presence of Russia as an alternative governance provider.

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Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script

This volume, edited by KFG research director Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Vera van Hüllen, explores the conditions under which regional organizations engage in governance transfer in and to areas of limited statehood. The comparison of 12 regional organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East shows that regional organizations have not only institutionalized commitments to human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and the fight against corruption.

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Writing the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations

Technologies have created crucial connections across borders requiring new forms of regulation. Co-authored by KFG Senior Scholar Professor Wolfram Kaiser and Professor of History of Technology Johan W. Schot, this book analyzes how experts, cartels and international organizations have written the rules for Europe since around 1850.

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European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back

In "European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back" leading scholars trace the emergence of a European public sphere over the last sixty years. Edited by KFG research director Thomas Risse, this book gives an overview about various aspects of the discussion on the politicization of public spheres in Europe.


Exhibiting Europe in Museums. Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives and Representations

Co-authored by KFG Senior Scholar Wolfram Kaiser, Professor of Cultural Studies Stefan Krankenhagen and Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Kerstin Poehls, this book investigates how museums exhibit Europe.


Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US and Russia in the South Caucasus

Written by KFG Associated Fellow Nelli Babayan, this book investigates democracy promotion by the European Union and the United States of America and seeks to uncover why intensive democracy promotion has resulted in limited democratic progress.


Advancing Regional Monetary Cooperation: The Case of Fragile Financial Markets

Written by KFG PostDoctoral Fellow Laurissa Mühlich, this book examines regional monetary cooperation as a strategy to enhance macroeconomic stability in developing countries and emerging markets, while seeking to reframe traditional theoretical approaches to regional monetary integration in an interdisciplinary way.

Societal Actors in European Integration

Societal Actors in European Integration. Polity-Building and Policy-Making 1958-1992

Edited by KFG Senior Scholar Wolfram Kaiser and KFG Alumnus Jan-Henrik Meyer, this book analyzes and discusses the role of societal actors in European integration from the Treaties of Rome in 1958 to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.


European Integration and Transformation in the Western Balkans: Europeanization or Business as Usual?

Edited by KFG alumna Arolda Elbasani, the book investigates the scope and limitations of the transformative power of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans.


Mapping Agency: Comparing Regionalisms in Africa

Despite regionalism having developed into a global phenomenon, the European Union (EU) is still more often than not presented as the ‘role-model of regionalism’ whose institutional designs and norms are adopted by other regional actors and organizations as part of a rather passive ‘downloading process’. Reaching beyond such a Eurocentric perception, "Mapping Agency" by KFG alumni Ulrike Lorenz-Carl and Martin Rempe provides an empirically rich ‘African perspective’ on regionalisms in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Roads to Regionalism: Genesis, Design, and Effects of Regional Organizations

Over the past few decades states all around the globe have intensified institutionalized cooperation at the regional level. To deepen our understanding of state-led regionalism, the authors use an analytical framework comprising four main strands.


The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Edited by KFG alumnus David Levi-Faur, the Oxford Handbook of Governance is an authoritative reference for students and scholars in the governance field.


From Europeanization to Diffusion

This special issue of West European Politics by KFG research directors Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse explores to what extent policies and institutions of the European Union spread across different contexts. Are the EU's attempts to transfer its policies and institutions to accession and neighbourhood countries sustainable and effective? To what degree do other regions of the world emulate the EU's institutional features; what are the mechanisms of, and scope conditions for, their diffusion?

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A Community of Europeans?

In "A Community of Europeans?" a thoughtful observer of the ongoing project of European integration evaluates the state of the art about European identity and European public spheres.


Die neue Europäische Union nach dem Vertrag von Lissabon

In Die neue Europäische Union nach dem Vertrag von Lissabon, Christian Calliess gives an overview over the reform and its implications for German law.


Coping with Accession to the European Union

In Coping with Accession to the European Union, Tanja A. Börzel explores the role of new modes of governance in helping future member states to cope with their accession to the European Union.