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International Relations Theories

Third Edition

Edited by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith

Publication Date - April 2013

ISBN: 9780199696017

400 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $69.95

A comprehensive introduction to international relations theory, this cutting-edge collection argues that theory is central to explaining the dynamics of world politics


Drawing on a wealth of expertise from a global team of contributors, the third edition of International Relations Theories provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of all the major IR theories--including some of the more alternative understandings not found in other texts--and supports them with case study examples.

Editors Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith have brought together a team of international contributors, each specializing in a different theory. The contributors explain the theoretical background to their positions before showing how and why their theories matter. The book opens up space for analysis and debate, allowing students to decide which theories they find most useful in explaining and understanding international relations. While some of the theories discussed are complex, the authors convey them in a clear and accessible manner, with the use of engaging pedagogical features, making this an ideal introduction to the field.


* A new chapter on Critical Theory, authored by Steven Roach, which addresses this important theoretical orientation

* Updated chapters and case studies that reflect new developments in world politics

International Relations Theories, Third Edition, is accompanied by a Companion Website that provides additional resources for instructors--PowerPoint-based slides and figures and tables from the text--and students--web links, a flashcard glossary, and a revision guide.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2010
January 2007

Table of Contents

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

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