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International Relations Theory Today.

Ken Booth and Steve Smith [Editors].

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ISBN 10: 0271014628 / ISBN 13: 9780271014623
Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA, 1995
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Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; tiny snag at the bottom edge of the front panel; the top of the front hinge shows a very mild bump -- barely discernible; mildest rubbing. Binding square and secure; text clean. Close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 367pp. First Ed thus; unstated. Textbook Paperback. This volume edited by Ken Booth and Steve Smith takes as the starting premise that the World is going through major changes and International Relations, as a discipline, can no longer afford to pretend that it is a self-contained discipline. There are twelve chapters dealing with various aspects of IR theory that need modification and addition. The themes that are covered in this collection include Political Theory, International Political Economy, The Post-Positivist Debate, Neo-realism, International Society, and the Idea of World Community.Particular emphasis is placed on the question on "identity", "security", "levels of analysis problem", for all of which the contributors acknowledge the need to make use of other disciplines such as sociology on the question of "identity". Fred Halliday's chapter on the end of the Cold War is also eye opening in that he readily accepts IR theory's failure to predict the demise of the Soviet Union. And some of his conclusions, both analytical and theoretical, show the clear need for IR scholars to study other concepts as well. For instance, the issue of ethnic conflict is too important for IR to trust it with historians. The chapter on the Global Environment is also very successful in applying the recently considered normative concerns in IR theory. Building on Chris Brown's International Relations Theory: New Normative Approaches (1992), applications of criteria and classification of theories are presented on the issue. I recommend this book to graduate students of Political Science, International Relations as the arguments presented in the book assume a developed understanding of the concepts and an extensive background. Bookseller Inventory # 35149

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Title: International Relations Theory Today.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Edition: First Ed thus; unstated.

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"International Relations Theory Today" starts from the premise that international theory is going through major changes. Gone is the old sense of a self-contained discipline, united around the problems of war and peace, and dominated by a realist view of the world. Since the mid-1970s, international theory has been marked by major debates which question the very existence of a separate and contained world of international relations; this implies that the discipline of international theory has to reconsider its assumptions and its theories. This work deals both with the impact of a changing world on our thinking and also reflects the wider intellectual turmoil that is facing the social sciences and the humanities. Each of the chapters has been written by a prominent international relations theorist, who advance a range of theories and positions. What all contributors have in common, however, is a concern with the state of international theory and an interest in exploring some of the major questions on its agenda. This book is suitable for second year students and above in the fields of international relations, global politics and political sociology.

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Ken Booth and Steve Smith are Professors of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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