International Theory: Positivism and Beyond / Edition 1

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This book brings together leading figures who have made key contributions to the development of international theory to provide a major survey of the state of the subject. The contributors analyze the traditional theoretical approaches in the discipline, the issues and groups that are marginalized by mainstream theory, and important new developments in international theory. The book concludes with five chapters that look at the future of the subject. This volume will be a valuable text for both students and scholars of international relations.

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"This book is a major attack on the conventional ways in which international relations theory is conceived. International in scope and broad in its perspectives, this volume is an education in and of itself. More importantly, it will be an eye opener for those who see IR theory as essentially a debate between neorealists and neoliberals. The discourse in IR theory is much broader and indeed more profound than that. Highly recommended for scholars and students alike." John Vasquez, Vanderbilt University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521479486
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Steve Smith, Ken Booth, and Marysia Zalewski; Part I. Debates: 1. Positivism and beyond Steve Smith; Part II. Legacies: 2. The timeless wisdom of realism? Barry Buzan; 3. The growing relevance of pluralism? Richard Little; 4. The interstate structure of the modern world system Immanuel Wallerstein; 5. The accomplishments of international political theory Stephen Krasner; 6. The continued significance of positivism Michael Nicholson; Part III. Silences: 7. The rise and fall of the inter-paradigm debate Ole Weaver; 8. Margins, silences and bottom rungs: how to overcome the underestimation of power in the study of international relations Cynthia Enloe; 9. Is there a classical international theory? Robert Jackson; Part IV. Openings: 10. Authoritarian and liberal militarism: a contribution from comparative and historical sociology Michael Mann; 11. The achievements of post-structuralism Richard Ashley; 12. The contributions of feminist theories to international relations Christine Sylvester; 13. The achievements of critical theory Andrew Linklater; Part V. Directions: 14. The last post? Martin Hollis; 15. Probing puzzles persistently: a desirable but improbable future for IR theory James Rosenau; 16. The future of international relations: fears and hopes Fred Halliday; 17. Seventy-five years on: rewriting the subject's past - reinventing its future Ken Booth; 18. 'All these theories yet the bodies keep piling up': theory, theorists, theorising Marysia Zalewski.

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