Routledge Handbook of State Recognition

5. Gëzim Visoka, John Doyle and Edward Newman (eds) (2019), Routledge Handbook of State Recognition, London: Routledge.

Routledge Handbook of State Recognition is the first comprehensive and multidisciplinary companion to theoretical, comparative, and empirical aspects underpinning the recognition of states in international relations, international law, comparative politics, and international political theory. Although the recognition of states plays a central role in shaping global politics, it an under-researched and widely-dispersed subject. Coherently and innovatively structured, this handbook brings together world-renowned scholars that examine the most important theoretical and comparative perspectives on state recognition, core pathways to secession and self-determination, broad range of actors and strategies that shape the recognition of states, and a significant number of contemporary case studies. The handbook is organised into four key sections:

Section 1: Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives

Section 2: Pathways to Secession and Independence

Section 3: Actors and Forms of State Recognition

Section 4: Case Studies of Contemporary State Recognition

This new Handbook will be essential reading for students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of foreign policy, international relations, international law, comparative politics, and area studies.



“The most comprehensive review of the highly relevant and contested doctrine and practice on recognition – a magnificent resource for years to come”. – Marc Weller, University of Cambridge, UK

“The Routledge Handbook of State Recognition offers a unique and valuable collection of contributions to the study of the theory and practice state recognition that ventures far beyond the traditional concerns of international law. A truly interdisciplinary work that integrates a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives on recognition, this handbook should be of great value to scholars and advanced students of international relations, political theory, and international law.” – Jens Bartelson, Lund University, Sweden

“This handbook examines how and why the world’s political map changes. Gathering experts from multiple fields, it is the best single collection on how certain new states get recognized and how other aspiring states exist in a grey zone, unrecognized on the map but unavoidable on the ground.” – Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech, Washington D.C., USA

“The politics of recognition form the core of the state-based international order and its evolution. In this volume, Visoka, Doyle and Newman assemble a top-notch group of scholars with diverse theoretical perspectives and expertise. The resulting conversation, and the handbook, is more than the sum of its parts. It is perhaps even more important, however, for its timeliness as conflicts on the mend are newly raw, cold conflicts are becoming more violent, and ever more discontents consider demanding unilateral independence.” – Bridget Coggins, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

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