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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Politics in the 22nd Century

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  • Invites reflection on the future of International Relations in the ever changing conditions of the Anthropocene

  • Mirrors conventional handbooks by offering theoretical insights along futurist conversations

  • Experiments with future as method, and engages with formative political emotions of our time

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Themes: Governance and Technology

  2. Themes: The Anthropocene


About this book

This handbook offers a unique approach to the question: How do scholars write the future of global politics? Written in futur antérieur style, around the 200-year anniversary of the birth of International Relations (IR) as an academic discipline, the contributions engage in world-building and imagine different futures of IR. Set in a multiverse, 23 chapters draw on a range of possible themes and imaginaries, for instance post-pandemic conditions, the Anthropocene, and not least academic practices and the role of researchers. A concluding chapter anchors these explorations in contemporary discussions.

The book mirrors the format and style of existing handbooks, combining outlines and discussions of theories, structures, processes, and core issues in IR with an academic science fiction account of how these might play out over the course of the next century. In doing so, the book challenges IR and provides alternative imaginaries, rather than predicting future conditions for all humanity. The book invites readers to reflect on how thinking about the future has become an increasingly radical, but more than ever necessary act. 


“This book collects the latest thinking on all the looming issues we face in dealing with climate change and all the other parts of the poly-crisis facing us in the 21st century. It’s a great bit of cognitive mapping, a crucial guide to our immediate future.” (Kim Stanley Robinson, best-selling author of The Ministry for the Future and the Mars trilogy)

“At last, a new genre of futurist IR scholarship has arrived! This dazzling array of speculative histories of global politics from 2022-2122 will take the reader into new political worlds and new IR theories that will amuse, disturb and illuminate in equal measure. I dare you to dive into these pages!” (Robyn Eckersley, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Melbourne)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

    Laura Horn

  • Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

    Ayşem Mert

  • Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Franziska Müller

About the editors

Laura Horn is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Science and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Ayṣem Mert is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Franziska Müller is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at University of Hamburg, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Politics in the 22nd Century

  • Editors: Laura Horn, Ayşem Mert, Franziska Müller

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13721-1Published: 02 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13724-2Published: 03 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13722-8Published: 01 January 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 437

  • Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: International Relations Theory

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