European Union and World Order: An English School Approach

  • Yannis Stivachtis Virginia Tech


The concepts of ‘international system’, ‘international society’, and ‘world society’ are central to the English School’s approach to international relations. One of the major areas of inquiry within the English School has been the relationship between ‘international’ and ‘world society’. The paper discusses whether the creation of an ‘international society’ is a prerequisite for the establishment of a ‘world society’ or vice versa. It is argued that the European Union (EU) constitutes a 'thick' regional international society, which also includes significant elements of ‘world society’. EU's enlargement, neighbourhood, and development policies help to extend the elements of ‘world society’ beyond the boundaries of the EU thereby contributing to the creation of a world order based on European values and norms.


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Biografia do Autor

Yannis Stivachtis, Virginia Tech

Professor Stivachtis is currently Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program.

Dr. Stivachtis' research interests include the evolution of international society, the study of regional international society, conditionality and international order, international society and the civilizing process, European international society and global order; EU enlargement, EU’s external relations; European Foreign and Security Policy and international security. He teaches in the areas of international politics and security studies and has received teaching and advising awards from various academic institutions.

Dr. Stivachtis' current professional service includes: Head of the English School section of the International Studies Association (ISA), Director of the Social Sciences Research Division and Head of the Politics & International Affairs Research Unit of ATINER (Athens Institute of Education and Research), and Senior Advisor and International Security Analyst of the Research Institute for European & American Studies (RIEAS). He is the editor of the Athens Journal of Social Sciences; co-editor of the Critical European Studies book series published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis; and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Political Science and Public Administration (JPSPA).


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Stivachtis, Y. (2015). European Union and World Order: An English School Approach. Estudos Internacionais: Revista De relações Internacionais Da PUC Minas, 2(2), 321-341. Recuperado de