Status in International Relations
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Publication date: 2020-06-17
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2018;54(3):35–50
Status constitutes a sociological and legal category. It can connect with a social role, authority, prestige or reputation. It can refer to a position in the social structure in the meaning of the objective access to certain resources, attributes or traits as well as in the meaning of the subjective perception and assessment of a given place in the social hierarchy. In other words, status means the objective organization of the rights and privileges of an entity, sometimes guaranteed by the law or will of other entities as well as the subjective awareness of recognition, prestige or being respected. In international relations, status is a determinant of states’ rank in the structure of power. It constitutes a resultant of the collective recognition of the state’s position. To large extent, it has an imaginary character, as it depends on perception or attribution of status to a given state by other participants. In the case of Poland, international status constitutes a function of its potential but also commitment in international processes. The problem in this field, however, is the dependence on the old geopolitical concepts and external conditions, especially the so-called trap of a stronger ally