Key Concepts in International Relations

Key Concepts in International Relations

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International relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of the major theories of international relations and the debates that surround them, the core theoretical concepts, and the key contemporary issues. Introduced by an overview of the discipline's development and general structure, the more than 40 entries are broken down as follows:

Parts one and two introduce the key theories and each chapter includes:

A broad overview
A discussion of methodologies
A review of empirical applications
A guide to further reading and useful websites

Part three discusses the major concepts and for each concept provides:

An introduction to the core questions
An overview of the definitions and theoretical perspectives
A review of empirical problems
Links to other entries, further reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 16.26mm | 370g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412928486
  • 9781412928489
  • 1,338,954

Table of contents

Balance of Power
Conflict Resolution
Democratic Peace
(International) Development
Theory Concept
Feminism and Gender
Foreign Policy Analysis
Game Theory
Global Governance
Human Rights
Humanitarian Intervention
Ideas and Norms
International Ethics
International Law
International Regimes
International Society
Levels of Analysis
Theory Concept
Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism
Theory Concept
Marxism and Critical Theory
Nationalism and Ethnicity
Peace and War
Theory Concept
Postmodernism and Post-Structuralism
Theory Concept
Realism and Neo-Realism
Regional Integration
Security Community
Security Dilemma
Theory Concept
Social Constructivism
Territoriality and Borders
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This excellent reference book will be the first point of call for students wishing to quickly make sense of the key texts of the discipline; without shying away from controversy the authors illuminate and clarify the central conceptual debates of International Relations

Christopher May
Professor of Political Economy, Lancaster University

'Basic conceptual understanding is a precondition for thinking theory thoroughly. The authors of this book have accomplished laudably in their endeavour of providing an easy to access guide, offering an overview of the rich variety of meanings of key concepts in International Relations' -
Professor Knud Erik Jorgensen
Aarhus University
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