An introduction to international relations theory : by Jill Steans; et al

By Jill Steans; et al

This version has been absolutely up-to-date and revised by way of the unique authors in addition to new participants of the writer workforce. each one bankruptcy builds up an realizing of the various methods of taking a look at international politics and relations.

content material: creation 1. Liberalism 2. Realism three. Structuralism four. serious thought five. Postmodernism 6. Feminist views 7. Social Constructivism eight. eco-friendly views Conclusions, Key Debates and New instructions thesaurus of key or challenge terms
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Further reading | 21 Further reading We hope that in choosing our introduction you have chosen wisely. But other introductions will offer different ‘perspectives’ and ‘themes’. Here are a selection of those you might want to go to next, bearing in mind that several are available in other editions. , Smith, S. and Owens, P. (eds) (2007), Globalization and World Politics (4th edn), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Brown, C. (2005), Understanding International Relations (3rd edn), London: Macmillan.

For our purposes it is enough to say that liberals believe that the capacity to reason and to understand moral principles is universal, that is it is something which ‘all’ human beings possess. Collectively, these beliefs in human rationality, the possibility of progress, individual liberty and the dangers of unchecked power give rise to the liberal notion of universal human rights. The various strands of liberal thought have contributed to the study of International Relations in many and varied ways.

This notion of the need to check the power of the state gives rise to the liberal concept of pluralism. In its original usage the term ‘pluralism’ referred to the belief in the need to distribute political power through several institutions, none of which is sovereign. Some liberals believe that the state to some extent reflects the interests and concerns of interest groups. In political systems dominated by parties this is to some extent inevitable. Moreover, there are also powerful élites within the government bureaucracy, the military and so on which might work to advance their own interests.

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