International Relations Theory Today

International Relations Theory Today

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This book starts from the premise that international relations theory is going through major changes. It deals both with the impact of a changing world on our thinking and also reflects the wider intellectual turmoil that is currently facing the social sciences and the humanities.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 28mm | 580.61g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745611664
  • 9780745611662
  • 611,846

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a A state--of--the--art textbook on International Relations theory and its various paradigms. All the major themes of IR theory are covered by renowned specialists.a NOD and Conversion a These essays by mainly American and British scholars are a handy introduction to the ever more popular discipline known as IR: international relations.a Economist Review a Excellent book ... the more books like this we have the more likely it is that the issues themselves will get the discussion they need.a Political Studies
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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 book deals both with the impact of a changing world on our thinking and also reflects the wider intellectual turmoil that is currently facing the social sciences and the humanities. Each of the chapters has been written by a prominent international relations theorist. There is no orthodoxy amongst the contributors, and the reader will find a range of theories and positions in this book. What all contributors have in common, however, is a concern with the current state of international theory and an interest in exploring some of the major questions on its agenda. This book will be essential reading for second-year students and above in the fields of international relations, global politics and political sociology.
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Table of contents

The Contributors. Preface. 1. Self--Images of a Discipline: a Genealogy of International Relations Theory: Steve Smith. 2. The End of the Cold War and International Relations: Some Analytic 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 Enquiry and International Relations Theory After Enlightenmenta 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. Index.
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