Post Tagged with: "IR theory"

The Enduring Importance of Hobbes in the Study of IR

The Enduring Importance of Hobbes in the Study of IR

Complex rationality, as demonstrated in Hobbes’ tale of the fool, opens up possibilities for synthesizing three IR paradigms. This more cosmopolitan vision might inspire a new paradigm: cosmopolitik.

International Regimes and the Just War Tradition

International Regimes and the Just War Tradition

Conceiving of the just war tradition as a security regime may offer insights that scholars could find interesting, particularly from Grotian, social constructivist, and critical theory perspectives.

International Regimes as Concept

International Regimes as Concept

Though “regime theory” is a misleading term, in a world where there is no centralized political authority, the concept of an international regime remains useful enough to be kept in the analytical toolkit.

Phronesis and Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice

Phronesis and Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice

Phronēsis is not of the academy, but of the political world. The key question, is not how IR scholars can “produce” phronēsis but how we can—alongside other international political knowledge producers—help foster it.

Long Cycles and International Regimes

Long Cycles and International Regimes

Long cycle theory and international regime theory are mutually compatible and mutually supportive. In 100 years we may have passed far enough to achieve a global order anchored in a community of democracies.

Decolonizing International Relations

Decolonizing International Relations

A colonized IR demeans and diminishes all of us; decolonizing the discipline is an ongoing and never-to-be-completed critical questioning of our everyday practices and logics of interpretation.

Cave! Alius Draco: There Was a Sixth Dragon!

Cave! Alius Draco: There Was a Sixth Dragon!

Invoking Susan Strange, who warns of 5 dragons in regime theory, Ronen Palan criticizes the paradigm for falling to a 6th: “the triumph of form over substance.” Thus, regime theory cannot address today’s challenges.

Regime Theory Thirty Years On: Taking Stock, Moving Forward

Regime Theory Thirty Years On: Taking Stock, Moving Forward

Oran R. Young asks if regime theory still matters in IR, while reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the ‘International Organization’ special issue on regimes published in 1982.

Situating Religion in International Relations Theory

Situating Religion in International Relations Theory

IR theorists face the challenge of situating religion in their explanations of global events, but, as Sandal argues, this does not necessarily require the abandoning of existing theories.

The Limits of International Relations Theory: A Postcolonial Critique

The Limits of International Relations Theory: A Postcolonial Critique

IR, as the discipline which makes the international its object of enquiry is, for the most part, an obstacle to a recognition and exploration of this, rather than a guide to it.

Is IR a Force for Good in the World Today?

Is IR a Force for Good in the World Today?

The average person knows little or nothing about IR’s issues. This lack of relevance suggests that the discipline should be more self-critical. The next stage in IR’s development should not be theoretical – but attitudinal.

Compatibility or Incommensurability: IR Theory and Complex Systems Analysis

Compatibility or Incommensurability: IR Theory and Complex Systems Analysis

Taking the insights of complexity theory and complex systems analysis seriously in IR will require a substantial “re-boot” of much of the discipline’s theoretical apparatus. This may form the next great debate in the discipline.

The Moral Molecule and International Relations

The Moral Molecule and International Relations

Every representative political system depends on trust. The same is true for relations between polities. Yet, very little research has been done to understand why it is that we trust others and what those findings could mean for International Relations.

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