Making Sense of International Relations Theory

Making Sense of International Relations Theory

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What does it mean to adopt a realist, or a world systems, or a green approach to international relations? Does the plethora of "isms" have any relevance to the real world of global politics and policymaking? Making Sense of International Relations Theory addresses these questions by illustrating theories in action.

With the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies as a common point of reference, each contributor presents a particular framework for interpreting world affairs. This structure offers students tangible examples of how theory is used in practice and at the same time highlights the explanatory differences among theories. Incorporating extensive introductory sections, the book is uniquely designed to explore alternative ways of understanding current events-to assist students in making sense of, as well as with, IR theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 481 pages
  • 152.4 x 222.25 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Second Edition
  • 1588268225
  • 9781588268228
  • 388,673

Table of contents

Making Sense of IR Theory-J. Sterling-Folker. REALIST APPROACHES. Realism-J. Sterling-Folker. Structural Realism: The Consequences of Great Power Intervention-K.R. Adams. Neoclassical Realism: The Motives of Great Power Intervention-J. Taliaferro and R.W. Wishart. LIBERAL APPROACHES. Liberalism-J. Sterling-Folker. Neoliberalism: Managing Collective Problems-S. Kay. Public Goods Liberalism: The Perils of Coalition Building-M.A. Boyer and M.J. Butler. GAME THEORY APPROACHES. Game Theory-J. Sterling-Folker. Game Theory: Modeling Ethenic Violence-B. Urlacher. CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACHES. Constructivism-J. Sterling-Folker. Norm Constructivism: Contesting International Legal Norms-M.J. Hoffmann. Relational Constructivism: A War of Words-P.T. Jackson. POSTMODERN AND CRITICAL THEORY APPROACHES. Postmodern and Critical Theory-J. Sterling-Folker. Postmodernism: Seducing Humanity-R.E. Shinko. Critical Theory: Deliberating the Legitimacy of War-R. Payne. HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AND WORLD SYSTEM THEORY APPROACHES. Historical Materialism and World System Theory-J. Sterling-Folker. Historical Materialism: Imperialist Rivalry and the Global Capitalist Order-A.W. Cafruny and T. Lehman. World Systems Theory: Status Decline and Collision Course-A. Freyberg-Inan. FEMINIST APPROACHES. Feminism-J. Sterling-Folker. Liberal Feminism: Valuing Local Narratives-J. Mertus. Critical Feminism: Gender at Work in Waging War-F. D'Amico. ENGLISH SCHOOL APPROACHES. The English School-J. Sterling-Folker. The English School: International Society's Constraints on Power Politics-T.B. Knudsen. ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACHES. Environmentalism-J. Sterling-Folker. Environmentalism: Cars, Farming, and Resource Insecurity-S. Nicholson. Applying IR Theory-J. Sterling-Folker. Appendix: A Brief Overview of Iraq.
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About Jennifer Sterling-Folker

Jennifer Sterling-Folker is professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her publications include Theories of International Cooperation and the Primacy of Anarchy: Explaining U.S. International Monetary Policymaking After Bretton Woods.
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