Chapter 8: A framework for resilience of and in international networks
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Despite 'resilience' rarely entering International Relations scholars' vocabulary, the discipline is often concerned with how fragile a system or particular actor or institution within a system is. The study of international networks can help bridge the gap between the resilience literature and the problems with which IR is concerned by porting the vocabulary but also helping to provide theoretical and methodological tools for thinking about dependency and change. This chapter begins by reviewing concepts of resilience, highlighting three stages core to its definition that can help distinguish resilience from neighbouring terms such as robustness and responsiveness. It then discusses how two developments in social networks, towards more multimodal and dynamic representations, offer ways of exploring these concepts in IR in more detail. The chapter concludes with some reflections on what and for whom the concepts are useful.

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