The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

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The Oxford Handbook of International Relations offers the most authoritative and comprehensive overview to date of the field of international relations. Arguably the most impressive collection of international relations scholars ever brought together within one volume, the Handbook debates the nature of the field itself, critically engages with the major theories, surveys a wide spectrum of methods, addresses the relationship between scholarship and policy making, and examines the field's relation with cognate disciplines. The Handbook takes as its central themes the interaction between empirical and normative inquiry that permeates all theorizing in the field and the way in which contending approaches have shaped one another. In doing so, it provides an authoritative and critical introduction to the subject and establishes a sense of the field as a dynamic realm of argument and inquiry. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations will be essential reading for all of those interested in the advanced study of global politics and international affairs.

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"Warmly recommended to international lawyers seeking to enter the world of IR theory for the first time, and to those familiar with the literature who seek a reference work of depth and sophistication."—Global Law Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199585588
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 689,787
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian Reus-Smit is Professor of International Politics and the Head of the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. His research focuses on the politics of international ethics and institutions, and he has published widely on issues of global governance, multilateralism, human rights, and international relations theory.

Duncan Snidal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he is also Chair of the Committee on International Relations. He is Director of the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) and is currently Chair of the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago. Professor Snidal's research focuses on international relations with an emphasis on international political economy and institutions.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations, Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal
Part II: Imagining the Discipline
2. The State and International Relations, David A. Lake
3. From International Relations to Global Society, Michael Barnett and Kathryn Sikkink
4. The Point is Not Just to Explain the World but to Change It, Robert Cox
5. A Disabling Discipline?, Phillip Darby
Part III: Major Theoretical Prspectives
6. Eclectic Theorizing in the Study and Practice of International Relations, Peter Katzenstein and Rudra Sil
7. Realism, William C. Wohlforth
8. The Ethics of Realism, Jack Donnelly
9. Marxism, Benno Teschke
10. The Ethics of Marxism, Nicholas Rengger
11. Neoliberal Institutionalism, Arthur A. Stein
12. The Ethics of Neoliberal Institutionalism, James L. Richardson
13. The New Liberalism, Andrew Moravscik
14. The Ethics of the New Liberalism, Gerry Simpson
15. The English School, Tim Dunne
16. The Ethics of the English School, Molly Cochran
17. Constructivism, Ian Hurd
18. The Ethics of Constructivism, Richard Price
19. Critical Theory, Richard Shapcott
20. The Ethics of Critical Theory, Robyn Eckersley
21. Postmodernism, Anthony Burke
22. The Ethics of Postmodernism, Peter Lawler
23. Feminism, Sandra Whitworth
24. The Ethics of Feminism, Jacqui True
Part IV: The Question of Method
25. Methodological Individualism and Rational Choice, Andrew H. Kydd
26. Sociological Approaches, Friedrich Kratochwil
27. Psychological Approaches, James Goldgeier and Philip Tetlock
28. Quantitative Approaches, Edward D. Mansfield and Jon C. Pevehouse
29. Case Study Methods, Andrew Bennett and Colin Elman
30. Historical Methods, Joel Quirk
Part V: Bridging the Subfield Boundaries
31. International Political Economy, John Ravenhill
32. Strategic Studies, Robert Ayson
33. Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Douglas T. Stuart
34. International Ethics, Terry Nardin
35. International Law, Michael Byers
Part VI: The Scholar and the Policy-Maker
36. Scholarship and Policy-Making: Who Speaks Truth to Whom?, Henry R. Nau
37. International Relations: The Relevance of Theory to Practice, Joseph S. Nye, Jr
Part VII: The Question of Diversity
38. International Relations from Below, David L. Blaney and Naeem Inayatullah
39. International Relations Theory from a Former Hegemon, Richard Little
Part VIII: Old and New
40. The Concept of Power and the (Un)Discipline of International Relations, Janice Bially Mattern
41. Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations, Toni Erskine
42. Big Questions in the Study of World Politics, Robert O. Keohane
43. The Failure of Static and the Need for Dynamic Approaches to International Relations, Richard Rosecrance
44. Six Wishes for a More Relevant Discipline of International Relations, Steve Smith

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