Ascending Order: Rising Powers and the Politics of Status in International Institutions (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

  • 6h 47m
  • Rohan Mukherjee
  • Cambridge University Press
  • 2022

Why do rising powers sometimes challenge an international order that enables their growth, and at other times support an order that constrains them? Ascending Order offers the first comprehensive study of conflict and cooperation as new powers join the global arena. International institutions shape the choices of rising states as they pursue equal status with established powers. Open membership rules and fair decision-making procedures facilitate equality and cooperation, while exclusion and unfairness frequently produce conflict. Using original and robust archival evidence, the book examines these dynamics in three cases: the United States and the maritime laws of war in the mid-nineteenth century; Japan and naval arms control in the interwar period; and India and nuclear non-proliferation in the Cold War. This study shows that the future of contemporary international order depends on the ability of international institutions to address the status ambitions of rising powers such as China and India.

About the Author

Rohan Mukherjee is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was previously Assistant Professor at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. He is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the MIT Security Studies Program and non-resident Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

In this Book

  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Conceptual Foundations
  • Institutional Status Theory
  • The United States and the Atlantic System in the Nineteenth Century
  • Japan and the Washington System in the Interwar Period
  • India and the International Order of the Cold War
  • China and the Liberal International Order
  • Conclusion
  • Cambridge Studies in International Relations


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