SAGE Journal Articles

Chapter 6

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Article 1: Ikenberry, G. J. (May 2010). The Liberal International Order and its Discontents. Millennium 38(3). 509-521.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the authors’ argument in this article?
  2. How does the author describe the current world system? Why does he believe the liberal order will persist?
  3. What major changes and trends does he say the world faces? What outcomes does he foresee?


Article 2: Dorussen, H. & Ward, H. (April 2000). Intergovernmental Organizations and the Kantian Peace: A Network Perspective. Journal of Conflict Resolution 52(2). 189-212.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the main argument of the article? What theoretical traditions do the authors draw upon? What hypotheses do they advance?
  2. Describe the authors’ research design. What are their variables? What are their findings?


Article 3: Tingley, D. & Tomz, M. (March 2014). Conditional Cooperation and Climate Change. Comparative Political Studies 47(3). 344-368.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the authors’ main argument? What is “reciprocity,” and why and how do the authors study it in relation to climate change?
  2. What hypotheses do they advance and how do they test them?
  3. What are their conclusions?


Article 4: Hobson, C. (September 2012) Liberal Democracy and Beyond: Extending the Sequencing Debate. International Political Science Review 33(4). 441-454.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the author’s criticism of Zakaria, especially with respect to the linkage between liberalism and democracy?
  2. What model(s) of democracy does the author advance instead?