International Relations Today: Concepts and Applications by Aneek Chatterjee

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Republican liberals like Michael Doyle, B. M. Russett, D. Lake and others believe that democracy ensures peaceful resolution of conflicts. A state where democratic cultures have taken firm root is less prone to violence and conflict, because it can solve its problems through dialogues and negotiations. Therefore, promotion of democracy in the world would ensure lesser violence and a peaceful international order that would be mutually interdependent for common economic and political interests. This analysis of the liberal position in IR enables us to focus on the salient features of liberal theory in IR and its main protagonists.

But immediately after Westphalia, no structured pattern of international relations had developed. International relations, in a modern sense, started to develop when the European nation-state system, born out of the treaty, was transplanted later in the two Americas, Africa and Asia, through the routes of colonialism. The nation-state system that emerged after Westphalia had undergone a long process of evolution and changes to assume the present nature. During its long process of evolution, this system was influenced, strengthened, and also affected, by several developments: socio-political, economic and scientific.

As theories develop around human observations, these would be divergent. It is best to seek the help of all these theories on an ‘issue-based approach’. In a social science discipline, it is difficult to formulate a ‘principal theory’ applicable to all problems. Different theories may be required to solve different kinds of problems. The debate continues among scholars in the discipline. With these preliminary ideas about theories in IR, we proceed to discuss some of the major theories in the discipline of international relations.

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