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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

1 - Restraint Appraised


The chapter provides a definitional overview of restraint vis-à-vis the related concept of constraint, and situates forms of restraint on a spectrum. This spectrum helps to define and identify the spatial and temporal conditions that influence restraint that are further engaged throughout this book. The chapter explores how social structures influence restraint. From this the chapter reviews forms of restraint in IR theory.