Theories of International Relations: Transition vs. Persistence

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This book is a synthetic historiography of present-day international relations theory, a critical analysis of the continuing diversity and complexity of enduring themes through a sustained focus on the analysis of the empirical evidence accumulated by social scientists. Special attention is given to key historical changes in theoretical approaches over the past half-century with full recognition of the contestation over state-based theory, and the changing fortunes of contemporary approaches. The book suggests ...

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Overview

This book is a synthetic historiography of present-day international relations theory, a critical analysis of the continuing diversity and complexity of enduring themes through a sustained focus on the analysis of the empirical evidence accumulated by social scientists. Special attention is given to key historical changes in theoretical approaches over the past half-century with full recognition of the contestation over state-based theory, and the changing fortunes of contemporary approaches. The book suggests that viable theories must transcend current intellectual fashion, and attempts to bring together theory and practice while demonstrating the difficulty of assessing competing theories. It addresses multiple strands of thought and assumes that their development cannot be understood in isolation from each other.

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"In a crowded field of international theory texts, this one stands out. It is well conceived and eminently thought-provoking." —Choice
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780312230746
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael 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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