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Introducing Realism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Realism in International Relations Theory

Realism claims to explain the reality of international politics by emphasising the constraints on politics that result from humankind’s nature and the absence of a central authority above the state.

Introducing Marxism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Marxism in International Relations Theory

Karl Marx wrote that philosophy is often too concerned with interpreting the world, when the real point is to change it. Marxism answers that call by challenging dominant ideas such as capitalism and the state.

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Introducing Constructivism in International Relations Theory

Constructivism shows that it is not only the distribution of material power, wealth and geographical conditions that can explain state behaviour but also ideas, identities and norms.

Introducing the English School in International Relations Theory

Introducing the English School in International Relations Theory

The English school offers insights into the potential of stabilising international society by embedding ideas not just in the minds of political and economic elites but also in the minds of ordinary citizens.

Introducing Critical Theory in International Relations

Introducing Critical Theory in International Relations

Critical theory assumes an active role in the betterment of human affairs according to the potential for freedom inherent in modernity and the identification of political alternatives.

Introducing Liberalism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Liberalism in International Relations Theory

Liberalism is not a ‘utopian’ theory describing a dream world as it was once accused of being. It provides a consistent rejoinder to realism, firmly rooted in evidence.

A Contemporary Perspective on Realism

A Contemporary Perspective on Realism

Realism, especially in its classical form, is far from being ready for the dustbin of the history of IR theory – as some critics suggest.

Introducing Poststructuralism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Poststructuralism in International Relations Theory

The impact of poststructuralism within IR comes from its ability to not only identify and uncover power relations that dictate political events but also make space for alternative discourses.

The ‘Isms’ Are Evil. All Hail the ‘Isms’! A Reflection on IR Theory

The ‘Isms’ Are Evil. All Hail the ‘Isms’! A Reflection on IR Theory

Nothing is gained by rejecting the isms unless we at first understand the complexity of what it is we are rejecting and then develop the critical reflection we need to move beyond them.

Indigenous Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Indigenous Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Indigenous efforts challenge state-centric views to include different ways of understanding relations between peoples, the natural world and the planet.

Asian Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Asian Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Asian perspectives highlight a need for IR to become a global discipline that appreciates political and cultural difference but also reflects a shared history and humanity.

Critical Geography: An Introduction

Critical Geography: An Introduction

By drawing attention to alternative ways that space can be imagined, critical geographers have sought to transform international politics and the global space.

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