This collection of essays aims to present a challenge to neo-realist approaches, highlighting the dynamic quality and potential of international relations. This volume presents an alternative theoretical perspective on international relations, united by issues of the state. A range of subjects are covered, dealing with the analysis and limitations of the state, as well as challenges and changes to it. The "Analysis" tackles our basic understanding of the state, looking at how it maintains itself and the role of belief systems, as well as innate systems of privilege. The impact of global issues on inter-state relations is examined under the umbrella of "Challenges"; in the section on "Change", contributors highlight the tension between growing social, cultural, technological and economic influences and the ability of states to maintain their traditional areas of competence. The final section identifies changes in the international environment which question the proficiency, and sometimes the legitimacy, of the state as an international actor. This book aims to provide a review of the field of international relations, to challenge familiar concepts and theories, and to act as a springboard for further debate.