Instruments of State Power: History and Theory (ISPO)

2017 - 2018 (Ongoing) Project number: 2016-00266/NOS-HS

The ISPO Workshop Series will develop new and innovative analytical tools and vocabularies to help understand current developments in global politics.

Our point of departure is that International Relations currently lacks an adequate analytical vocabulary to assess developments such as global shifts in power relations, globalization, and new modes of global governance. Most importantly, we posit, the prevalent view of the state cannot help us understand how (different) states respond (differently) to these challenges. ISPO will provide an avenue for exploring new takes on the state which focus on its use and power and available instruments of power politics, thus also furthering the development of innovative takes on statehood through a dialogue between historical and theoretical perspectives.

The main milestones of ISPO will be the organization and finalizing of three workshops. The secondary milestones are outputs and dissemination from the workshops.

Tentative dates:

March 2017: Workshop 1, Lund (“Rethinking Power Politics: Conceptualizing Instruments of State Power”)

September 2017: Workshop 2, Copenhagen (“Instruments of state power in historical perspective: conditions of development and change”)

April 2018: Workshop 3, Oslo (“Contemporary instruments of state power: understanding world dynamics”)

Funding program

NOS-HS workshop grant 2016