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What's the Point of International Relations?

What's the Point of International Relations?

  • Author: Synne L. Dyvik,Jan Selby,Rorden Wilkinson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 135178207X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 274
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What’s the Point of International Relations casts a critical eye on what it is that we think we are doing when we study and teach international relations (IR). It brings together many of IR’s leading thinkers to challenge conventional understandings of the discipline’s origins, history, and composition. It sees IR as a discipline that has much to learn from others, which has not yet lived up to its ambitions or potential, and where much work remains to be done. At the same time, it finds much that is worth celebrating in the discipline’s growing pluralism and views IR as a deeply political, critical, and normative pursuit. The volume is divided into five parts: • What is the point of IR? • The origins of a discipline • Policing the boundaries • Engaging the world • Imagining the future Although each chapter alludes to and/or discusses central aspects of all of these components, each part is designed to capture the central thrust of the concerns of the contributors. Moving beyond western debate, orthodox perspectives, and uncritical histories this volume is essential reading for all scholars and advanced level students concerned with the history, development, and future of international relations.

The Invention of International Relations Theory

The Invention of International Relations Theory

Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory

  • Author: Nicolas Guilhot
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 023152644X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 368
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The 1954 Conference on Theory, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, featured a who's who of scholars and practitioners debating the foundations of international relations theory. Assembling his own team of experts, all of whom have struggled with this legacy, Nicolas Guilhot revisits a seminal event and its odd rejection of scientific rationalism. Far from being a spontaneous development, these essays argue, the emergence of a "realist" approach to international politics, later codified at the conference, was deliberately triggered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The organization was an early advocate of scholars who opposed the idea of a "science" of politics, pursuing, for the sake of disciplinary autonomy, a vision of politics as a prerational and existential dimension that could not be "solved" by scientific means. As a result, this nascent theory was more a rejection of behavioral social science than the birth of one of its specialized branches. The archived conversations reproduced here, along with unpublished papers by Hans Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Paul Nitze, speak to this defensive stance. International relations theory is critically linked to the context of postwar liberalism, and the contributors explore how these origins have played out in political thought and American foreign policy.

Postcolonial Theory and International Relations

Postcolonial Theory and International Relations

A Critical Introduction

  • Author: Sanjay Seth
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135101868
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 216
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What can postcolonialism tell us about international relations? What can international relations tell us about postcolonialism? In recent years, postcolonial perspectives and insights have challenged our conventional understanding of international politics. Postcolonial Theory and International Relations is the first book to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of how postcolonialism radically alters our understanding of international relations. Each chapter is written by a leading international scholar and looks at the core components of international relations – theories, the nation, geopolitics, international law, war, international political economy, sovereignty, religion, nationalism, Empire etc. – through a postcolonial lens. In so doing it provides students with a valuable insight into the challenges that postcolonialism poses to our understanding of global politics.

International Relations and Scientific Progress

International Relations and Scientific Progress

Structural Realism Reconsidered

  • Author: Patrick James
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • ISBN: 9780814209004
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 299
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International Relations and Scientific Progress contends that a theory focusing on the structure of the international system explains a wider and more interesting range of events in world politics than other theories. Such theorizing appears to be out of favor as the result of the apparent failure by structural realism, the most prominent system-level theory over the last two decades, on any number of fronts--most notably an inability to anticipate the ending of the Cold War and its aftermath. This new book is put forward as the most comprehensive and innovative theoretical work on paradigms in international relations since the publication of Theory of International Politics, which created structural realism, more than two decades ago. With appropriate revisions, however, structural realist theory can compete effectively and reclaim its primacy. The first part of International Relations and Scientific Progress assesses the meaning of progress in the discipline of international relations, a process that culminates in the creation of a new concept, the scientific research enterprise. The second part reviews structural realism within that context and identifies a lack of connection between theory and research that links power-based indicators to international conflict, crisis, and war. This part of the book makes the case for an elaboration of structural realism by showing that a system-level theory based on structure has great unrealized explanatory potential. By comparison, the current overwhelmingly research oriented agenda on state dyads imposes severe limitations on understanding that are not currently appreciated. Part Three sums up the work and explores new directions, most notablyas related to empirical testing of an elaborated version of structural realism that focuses on both continuity and change in the international system.

Constructivism in International Relations

Constructivism in International Relations

The Politics of Reality

  • Author: Maja Zehfuss
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521894661
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 289
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Maja Zehfuss' book offers a fundamental critique of constructivism, focusing on the work of Wendt, Onuf and Kratochwil. Using Germany's shift towards participation in international military operations as an illustration, she demonstrates why each version of constructivism fails in its own project and comes apart on the basis of its own assumptions. Inspired by Derridean thought, this book highlights the political consequences of constructivist representations of reality. Each critique concludes that constructivist notions of key concepts are impossible, and that this is not merely a question of theoretical inconsistency, but of politics. The book is premised on the notion that the 'empirical' and the 'theoretical' are less separate than is acknowledged in international relations, and must be read as intertwined. Zehfuss examines the scholars' role in international relations, worrying that, by looking to constructivism as the future, they will be severely curtailing their ability to act responsibly in this area.

Universality, Ethics and International Relations

Universality, Ethics and International Relations

A Grammatical Reading

  • Author: Véronique Pin-Fat
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135282471
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 168
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Universality Ethics and International Relations introduces students to the key debates about ethics in international relations theory. This book explores the reasons why grappling with universality and ethics seems to be a profound endeavour and where we end up when we do. By offering a new way of thinking about ethics in International Relations, Pin-Fat shows that there are several varieties of universality which are offered as the answer to ethics in global politics; the divine universality of Hans Morgenthau, the ideal universality of Charles R. Beitz and the binary universality of Michael Walzer. Taking the reader on a grammatical odyssey through each, the book concludes that profound searches for the foundations of universality can’t fulfil our deepest desires for an answer to ethics in global politics. Pin-Fat suggests that the failure of these searches reveals the ethical desirability of defending universality as (im)possible. An ideal text for use in a wide variety of courses, including ethics in international relations, international relations theory, and international political theory, this work provides a valuable new contribution to this rapidly developing field of research.

International Relations: Section I. The nature and purpose of international relations theory. Section II. Idealism and realism

International Relations: Section I. The nature and purpose of international relations theory. Section II. Idealism and realism

  • Author: Andrew Linklater
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9780415201384
  • Category: International relations
  • Page: 2177
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Tragedy and International Relations

Tragedy and International Relations

  • Author: T. Erskine,R. Lebow
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230390331
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 222
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Nowhere are clashes between competing ethical perspectives more prevalent than in the realm of International Relations. Thus, understanding tragedy is directly relevant to understanding IR. This volume explores the various ways that tragedy can be used as a lens through which international relations might be brought into clearer focus.

Proceedings of the Institute of International Relations

Proceedings of the Institute of International Relations

  • Author: Institute of International Relations
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: International relations
  • Page: N.A
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Deviance in International Relations

Deviance in International Relations

'Rogue States' and International Security

  • Author: W. Wagner,W. Werner,M. Onderco
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137357274
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 215
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Rogue states' have been high on the policy agenda for many years but their theoretical significance for international relations has remained poorly understood. In contrast to the bulk of writings on 'rogue states' that address them merely as a policy challenge, this book studies what we can learn from deviance about international politics.

Global Religions and International Relations: A Diplomatic Perspective

Global Religions and International Relations: A Diplomatic Perspective

  • Author: P. Ferrara
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 113740082X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 127
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With a religious re-emergence in international relations, this book provides an introduction to the role religions play within the global political arena. Culled from theoretical, practical, and real-world experiences, Ferrara explains the role religion now plays in global affairs on diplomatic and political levels.

Issues In International Relations

Issues In International Relations

  • Author: Trevor C. Salmon,Mark F. Imber
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135359393
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 336
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Issues In International Relations

Issues In International Relations

  • Author: Senior Lecturer in International Relations Trevor C Salmon,Trevor C. Salmon,Mark F. Imber
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135359407
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 336
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Human Rights and International Relations

Human Rights and International Relations

  • Author: R. J. Vincent
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521339957
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 186
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Part 1. Theory :

The Future of International Relations

The Future of International Relations

Masters in the Making?

  • Author: Iver B. Neumann,Ole Waever
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134762194
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 400
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This book presents the state of the art of international relations theory through an analysis of the work of twelve key contemporary thinkers; John Vincent, Kenneth Waltz, Robert O. Keohane, Robert Gilpin, Bertrand Badie, John Ruggie, Hayward Alker, Nicholas G. Onuf, Alexander Wendt, Jean Bethke Elshtain, R.B.J. Walker and James Der Derian. The authors aim to break with the usual procedure in the field which juxtaposes aspects of the work of contemporary theorists with others, presenting them as part of a desembodied school of thought or paradigm. A more individual focus can demonstrate instead, the well-rounded character of some of the leading oeuvres and can thus offer a more representative view of the discipline. This book is designed to cover the work of theorists whom students of international relations will read and sometimes stuggle with. The essays can be read either as introductions to the work of these theorists or as companions to it. Each chapter attempts to place the thinker in the landscape of the discipine, to identify how they go about studying International Relations, and to discuss what others can learn from them.

Theories of International Relations

Theories of International Relations

  • Author: Scott Burchill,Andrew Linklater,Richard Devetak,Jack Donnelly,Terry Nardin,Matthew Paterson,Christian Reus-Smit,Jacqui True
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137190876
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 392
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The fully updated and revised fifth edition of this widely-used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field. Updated throughout to take account of major events and developments, such as the Arab Spring, it also includes new material on neo-realism and neo-liberalism, postcolonialism and cosmopolitanism.

Gender and International Relations

Gender and International Relations

Issues, Debates and Future Directions

  • Author: Jill Steans
  • Publisher: Polity
  • ISBN: 0745635822
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 183
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Offering a comprehensive overview of feminist contributions to the study of international relations, this title includes chapters on gender and development and womens' human rights, plus an exploration of possible research trajectories and theoretical lines of enquiry.

International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory

A Critical Introduction

  • Author: Cynthia Weber
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136400656
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 176
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International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction is an innovative new textbook, which introduces students to the main theories in International Relations. It also deconstructs each theory allowing students not only to understand them, but also to critically engage with the assumptions and myths that underpin them. It does this by using five familiar films as tools for first understanding each theory and then for understanding the myths that make them so persuasive for some people. Key features of this textbook include: * coverage of the main theories and traditions including: Realism & Neo-realism; Idealism and Neo-idealism; Liberalism; Constructivism; Postmodernism; Gender; Globalisation and the 'End of History' * innovative use of narratives from five famous films that students will be familiar with: Lord of the Flies; Independence Day; Wag the Dog; Fatal Attraction; and The Truman Show * clearly written, providing students with boxed key concepts, guides to further reading and thinking. This breakthrough textbook has been designed to unravel the complexities of International Relations theory in a way that allows students a clearer idea of how the theories work and some of the myths that are associated with them.

A New Science of International Relations

A New Science of International Relations

Modernity, Complexity and the Kosovo Conflict

  • Author: Dr Damian Popolo
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409489167
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 246
  • View: 8833
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Popolo applies Foucauldian methodology to the understanding of Complexity Science for the purposes of generating new understandings related to International Relations in general and to the Kosovo conflict in particular. He provides an epistemic analysis to the history of International Relations theory to reveal its intrinsic 'modernity', highlighting how such modernity derives from a particular understanding of scientific epistemology, which is being radically undermined by the emergence of Complexity Science. Importantly, the book shows how these theoretical issues affect specific understandings of crisis - in this case Kosovo - leading to specific policy decisions in the real world of international policy-making.

Evaluating Methodology in International Studies

Evaluating Methodology in International Studies

  • Author: Michael Brecher,Frank P. Harvey
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472088614
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 194
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