Chair: Philip G. Cerny (

Status: Call for Papers

Please, submit your paper proposal to the IPSA RC36 vice-chair Alina V. Vladimirova:

Taking Place: 25th World Congress of Political Science
July 21-26, 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
Abstract: must not exceed 350 words
Deadline: 1 October 2017

Recent decades have seen complex, shifting power structures in international relations. These include structural changes above, below, and cutting across states and the interstate system. On the one hand, globalization has involved both private and public forms of power at various transnational levels, but without the multifunctional and structurally differentiated characteristics traditionally attributed to states. They are multi-level, multi-nodal and often competitive rather than coherent – competing institutions and processes with overlapping jurisdictions. At the same time, there has been a fragmentation of such structures below the state level, from localism and the new tribalism to a range of differentiated social contexts and economic sectors. This dialectic of globalization and fragmentation is leading to a more and more complex international system. The panel will consider both theoretical analyses and critical case studies in this process of power restructuration and highlight growing debates about the changing nature of political power in the 21st century.

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