Counter-revolution, order and international politics

Bisley, Nicholas 2004, Counter-revolution, order and international politics, Review of international studies, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 49-69, doi: 10.1017/S0260210504005820.

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Title Counter-revolution, order and international politics
Author(s) Bisley, Nicholas
Journal name Review of international studies
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 49
End page 69
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2004-01
ISSN 0260-2105
Summary Every social revolution has elicited some form of counter-revolutionary response from the international system. The impulse to reverse revolutionary transformation has much to tell us about the dynamics of social revolution as well as the nature of international order. The purpose of this article is to investigate the relationship between counter-revolution and international order. First it establishes a basic conceptual framework of international counter-revolution and argues that counter-revolution should be understood as more than just an active opposition to revolution and also examines the motives of counter-revolutionaries. Second, using two interpretations of the international system – those of Henry Kissinger and Raymond Aron – the article draws several conclusions about the international tendency to attempt to overturn revolution and concludes that there exist international systemic pressures, of a non-neorealist kind, which provide the basis for international order. These pressures not only produce order but, at certain times, impel states to counter radical transformations in parts of the world which seem, at first glance, to have little consequence for the functioning of international order.

Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0260210504005820
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, British International Studies Association
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