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By Thomas Risse-Kappen

What distinction do nonstate actors in diplomacy (such as Greenpeace, Amnesty foreign, IBM, or agencies of scientists) make in global politics? How do cross-national hyperlinks engage with the realm of states? Who controls whom? This publication solutions those questions via investigating the impression of nonstate actors on international coverage in different factor parts and in areas worldwide. It argues that the effect of such nonstate actors is determined by the institutional constitution of states in addition to overseas regimes and agencies.

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British Journal of Political Science, 19 (1989), pp. : Suhrkamp, 1972); Nicos Poulantzas, Political Power and Social Classes (London: New Left Books, 1973). 18 Introduction while the state only exists insofar as it is instantiated and reproduced by the practices of governmental and other agents that are embedded in the structure of governance and rule in society/'40 The state as a structure of authority encompassing political institutions, organizational routines, legal procedures, and norms prescribing appropriate behavior, should be distinguished from governments and governmental actors taking decisions, negotiating treaties, and interacting with society and other governments (see also Krasner's chapter in this volume).

121-50. 45 To incorporate values and norms and, thus, informal understandings and rules into a concept emphasizing "structure" only seems odd if one has a rather mechanical understanding of domestic structure. But political culture includes the collective self-understandings of actors in a given society that are stable over time. It defines their collective identity as a nation and, thus, provides them with a repertoire of interpretations of reality as well as of appropriate behavior. As a result, the normative structure of state-society relations is not fully captured if one only focuses on organizational and legal characteristics of political and social institutions.

Conclusion A renewed attempt at theorizing about transnational relations requires, first, to specify the concept more clearly than the earlier debate did, and, second, to differentiate the international and dom57 58 See N a d e l m a n n , "Global Prohibition Regimes/ 7 For details see Risse-Kappen, Cooperation among Democracies. O n pluralistic security c o m m u n i t i e s see Karl W. D e u t s c h , et al, Political Community and the North Atlantic Area (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1957).

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