Theories of International Relations: Transition vs. Persistence

Theories of International Relations: Transition vs. Persistence

by M. Sullivan, Jack Donnelly, Jacqui True
     
 
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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312230746
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.05(d)

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

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