International Relations Theory Today

International Relations Theory Today

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"International Relations Theory Today" starts from the premise that international theory is going through major changes. Gone is the old sense of a self-contained discipline, united around the problems of war and peace, and dominated by a realist view of the world. Since the mid-1970s, international theory has been marked by major debates which question the very existence of a separate and contained world of international relations; this implies that the discipline of international theory has to reconsider its assumptions and its theories. This work deals both with the impact of a changing world on our thinking and also reflects the wider intellectual turmoil that is facing the social sciences and the humanities. Each of the chapters has been written by a prominent international relations theorist, who advance a range of theories and positions. What all contributors have in common, however, is a concern with the state of international theory and an interest in exploring some of the major questions on its agenda. This book is suitable for second year students and above in the fields of international relations, global politics and political sociology.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745611656
  • 9780745611655

Table of contents

The Contributors 1. Self-Images of a Discipline: a Geneology of International Relations Theory, Steve Smith 2. The End of the Cold War and International Relations: Some Analytical and Theoretical Conclusions, Fred Halliday 3. International Relations and the Triumph of Capitalism, Richard Little 4. International Political Theory and the Idea of World Community, Chris Brown 5. The Political Theory of International Society, Robert H Jackson 6. International Political Theory and the Global Environment, Andrew Hurrell 7. Political Economy and International Relations, Susan Strange 8. Re-Visioning Security, J Ann Tickner 9. The Level of Analysis Problem in International Relations Reconsidered, Barry Buzan 10. The Post-Positivist Debate: Reconstructing Scientific Inquiry and IR Theory After Enlightenment's Fall, John A Vasquez 11. Neo-Realism in Theory and Practice, Andrew Linklater 12. International Politics and Political Theory, Jean Bethke Elshtain 13. Questions about Identity in International Relations, Marysia Zalewski and Cynthia Enloe 14. International Relations and the Concept of the Political, R.B.J. Walker 15. Dare Not To Know - International Relations Theory versus the Future, Ken Booth.show more