Theories Of International Relations

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In this careful and critical evaluation of the evolution of the field of international relations over time, Sullivan reflects on how the interaction of real world events, academic trends, methodological debates has resulted in shifts in focus while certain topics or questions remain persistent. Combining synopses of both intellectual developments and empirical research, he suggests that viable theories must transcend current intellectual fashion, bringing together theory and practice while demonstrating the ...

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Overview

In this careful and critical evaluation of the evolution of the field of international relations over time, Sullivan reflects on how the interaction of real world events, academic trends, methodological debates has resulted in shifts in focus while certain topics or questions remain persistent. Combining synopses of both intellectual developments and empirical research, he suggests that viable theories must transcend current intellectual fashion, bringing together theory and practice while demonstrating the difficulty of assessing competing theories.

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"Elegantly written and sweeping in its coverage, Sullivan’s Theory of International Relations is a clarion call to recognize that despite the sometimes shifting fashions of approaches to the study of the political relations of states, there is theoretical core that demands our attention."—Randy Siverson, University of California at Davis
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Sullivan (political science, University of Arizona) offers a historiography of present-day international relations theory. He gives special attention to historical changes in theoretical approaches over the past half-century and to the changing fortunes of contemporary approaches. He demonstrates the difficulty of assessing competing theories, and suggests that viable theories must transcend current intellectual fashion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403960955
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Sullivan is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

The Territoriality of Theory
• Cognitive Waves: Images and Ideas
• Decisions: Rational or Not?
• The Nation-State: Cause, Curse, or Cure?
• Systems: Chaos and Anarchy, or Organized Complexity?
• Realism's Circuitous Route: Realpolitik to Structures and Back
• Integration, Liberalisms, and Balance: Tales of Two Theories
• The Invisible Hand that Wasn't
• The Games in International Relations
• Stalking Chameleons
• References

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