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International Relations Theories

Discipline and Diversity

Fourth Edition

Edited by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith

January 2016

ISBN: 9780198707561

392 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £31.99

Written by the most influential scholars in International Relations, the fourth edition of this bestselling textbook provides a lively introduction to all the major theories of International Relations and draws on case studies to show how theory can help explain the dynamics of world politics.

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Written by the most influential scholars in International Relations, the fourth edition of this bestselling textbook provides a lively introduction to all the major theories of International Relations and draws on case studies to show how theory can help explain the dynamics of world politics.

  • Brings together the most influential scholars in International Relations to provide diverse coverage of the major theories and arguments
  • Includes coverage of some of the more overlooked alternative theories, including postcolonialism and environmentalism
  • Each chapter employs a case study that bridges theory and practice, and shows how theory can be used to explain real-world problems and dilemmas
  • End-of-chapter and case study questions encourage students to analyse and evaluate the different theories for themselves
  • Spotlights on key books or articles introduce students to prominent works in the field, encouraging wider reading

New to this edition

  • Completely revised chapter on postcolonialism written by new contributor, Shampa Biswas.
  • New end-of-chapter questions tied to the chapter case studies.
  • New or updated case studies throughout, including a brand new case study on Iran and nuclear negotiations.
  • Chapter on normative international relations theory moved to later in the book to better map to how modules are taught.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Tim Dunne, Executive Dean, The University of Queensland, Milja Kurki, Professor in International Relations Theory, Aberystwyth University, and Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Studies, University of Exeter

Tim Dunne is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland.

Milja Kurki is Professor in International Relations Theory at Aberystwyth University.

Sir Steve Smith is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Studies, University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Diversity and Disciplinarity in International Relations Theory, Steve Smith
    1: International Relations and Social Science, Milja Kurki and Colin Wight
    2: Classical Realism, Richard Ned Lebow
    3: Structural Realism, John J. Mearsheimer
    4: Liberalism, Bruce Russett
    5: Neoliberalism, Jennifer Sterling-Folker
    6: The English School, Tim Dunne
    7: Marxism, Mark Rupert
    8: Critical Theory, Steven C. Roach
    9: Constructivism, Karin M. Fierke
    10: Feminism, J. Ann Tickner and Laura Sjoberg
    11: Poststructuralism, David Campbell and Roland Bleiker
    12: Postcolonialism, Shampa Biswas
    13: Normative International Relations Theory, Toni Erskin
    14: Green Theory, Robyn Eckersley
    15: International Relations Theory and Globalization, Colin Hay
    16: Still a Discipline After All These Debates?, Ole Waever

Reviews

The fourth edition surpasses virtually all other introductory texts on the subject, Its extraordinary collection of essays, by some of the most knowledgable scholars of International Relations theory today, clearly shows why theory matters for understanding the world, and why theoretical diversity is an asset rather than a liability - Emanuel Adler, University of Toronto

There can be no better place to start for any student of International Relations than here. This remains the gold-standard textbook on IR theory, packed to bursting with knowledge, insight and fresh perspectives from a group of the most renowned scholars in IR. As an introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of IR theory it can't be beaten - Professor Nicola Phillips, The University of Sheffield

Review from previous edition The best single volume comprehensive introduction to international relations theories that is striking as much for its clarity as for its sophistication. - Amitav Acharya, American University, USA

Top quality contributors provide diverse, accessible and comprehensive coverage across the spectrum of theoretical perspectives and debates, and make this an invaluable resource for students and teachers alike. - Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA

Additional Resources

This title is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre: For students:

- Expand your reading with web links organized by chapter that point you to pertinent articles and useful websites.
- Test your understanding of key terms with the flashcard glossary.
- Use our revision guide as a basis for your notes and exam preparation.

For lecturers:

- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations, or as hand-outs in class.