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International Relations Theory Today. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 3621120
  • Book
  • June 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 408 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

International Relations (IR) theorists speak with conviction, and often passion, to the global condition of human society. The result is an important, dynamic and often deeply divided field. This long–awaited new edition of International Relations Theory Today offers undergraduate and postgraduate students an essential guide to the complex terrain of IR theory and the key questions on its agenda.

With chapters by 25 prominent and provocative IR theorists, the book reveals the intellectual excitement – and turmoil – of theorizing world politics. It reflects the conflicts and tensions around the profound challenges facing the contemporary world, such as climate change, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and economic and political injustice and conflict, while also expressing hope that we can better understand, and respond to, these challenges.

Above all, this book demonstrates the significance of thinking theoretically about international relations and developing the tools not merely to describe but also to explain, analyse, prescribe and possibly re–imagine the global political landscape. As the world comes face–to–face with historic challenges over the coming decades, International Relations Theory Today will help its readers to participate more effectively in debates about the most important global political dilemmas of our time.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Contributors

List of Figures

INTRODUCTION: THE ARGUMENTATIVE DISCIPLINE

Ken Booth and Toni Erskine

PART I: CONTESTATIONS

1. FIVE GENERATIONS OF IR THEORY

Nicholas Onuf

2. THEORY AND PRACTICE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Chris Brown

3. IR THEORY AS IDENTITY DISCOURSES Richard Ned Lebow

4. IR THEORY AND THE QUESTION OF SCIENCE

Inanna Hamati–Ataya

5. IR THEORY AS AN ETHICAL PURSUIT

Molly Cochran

6. DO IR SCHOLARS ENGAGE WITH THE SAME WORLD?

Pinar Bilgin

7. IT S THE ECONOMY, STUPID...

Craig Murphy

PART II: THEORIES AND ISSUES

8. THE FUTURE OF WAR AS THE ULTIMA RATIO

William Wohlforth

9. THE NUCLEAR REVOLUTION AS THEORY

Campbell Craig

10. CARMEN MIRANDA RETURNS

Cynthia Enloe

11. GLOBAL CAPITALISM, INEQUALITY, AND POVERTY

David Blaney and Naeem Inayatullah

12. CIVILISED RESTRAINT AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY

Andrew Linklater

13. DEMOCRACY IN A GLOBALISED WORLD

Heikki Patomäki

14. PROTEST AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Colin Wight

15. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE BEYOND IR?

Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson

16. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Oran Young

PART III: THEORIZING IR TOMORROW

17. THE FUTURE FROM INSIDE THE LIBERAL WORLD ORDER

Jennifer Sterling–Folker

18. MUST IR REMAIN ABSTRACT IN THE FUTURE?

Christine Sylvester

19. STUDYING WORLD POLITICS AS A COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEM

Neta C. Crawford

20. A NEO–HOBBESIAN FUTURE?

Michael C. Williams

21. THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 2157 (TWO EXCERPTS)

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

CONCLUSION: RESPONSIBILITY AND THE ARGUMENTATIVE DISCIPLINE

Ken Booth and Toni Erskine

References

Index
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