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Introduction to International Relations 7e

Theories and Approaches

Seventh Edition

Richard Jackson, Georg Sørensen, and Jørgen Møller

Publication Date - February 2019

ISBN: 9780198803577

432 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $89.99

Provides a concise and engaging introduction to the principal international relations theories and uniquely explores how theory can be used to analyze contemporary issues


Offering unrivaled coverage of classical theories, contemporary approaches, and current issues, together with an exceptionally clear writing style, Introduction to International Relations, Seventh Edition, provides a genuinely accessible and engaging introduction to the subject.

With an emphasis on theoretical approaches and their application to the real world, the authors encourage readers to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments presented, and the major points of contention between them. In this way, the text helps the reader to build a clear understanding of how key debates in the discipline are connected with each other and with our perceptions of developments in the contemporary world.

In addition to helpful learning features within the book, the text is accompanied by online resources designed to help students to take their learning further. These include:

For students:
- Reinforce your understanding of each chapter's key themes with short case studies
- Test your understanding and revise for exams with review questions
- Explore different theoretical debates through a series of annotated web links to reliable content
- Test your knowledge of key terminology using the flashcard glossary

For registered lecturers:
- Encourage debate and critical thinking in class with seminar resources
- Download figures from the text for use in your own teaching materials

New to this Edition

  • Increased coverage of non-Western traditions, including historical theories on non-European state systems
  • New topical discussions of how different theories pay attention to both domestic and international forces
  • Professor Jørgen Møller of Aarhus University joins the author team, offering new perspectives and insights
  • All chapters have been fully updated to account for recent developments in the international system, including Brexit and the Trump presidency
  • A lively full colour text design makes the text even more accessible for students.


  • A truly accessible introduction to international relations, which demystifies the key theories, debates, and issues
  • Encourages students to think critically by presenting the strengths and weaknesses of different theories and highlighting points of contention between them
  • Includes up-to-date examples to help students link theory to real-world developments

About the Author(s)

Robert Jackson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Boston.

Georg Sørensen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus.

Jørgen Møller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus.

Table of Contents

    Part One: Studying IR
    1. Why Study IR?
    2. IR as an Academic Subject
    Part Two: Classical Theories
    3. Realism
    4. Liberalism
    5. International Society
    6. International Political Economy: Classical Theories
    Part Three: Contemporary Approaches and Debates
    7. International Political Economy: Contemporary Debates
    8. Social Constructivism
    9. Post-positivism in IR
    Part Four: Policy and Issues
    10. Foreign Policy
    11. Key Issues in Contemporary IR

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