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Title:
International relations theory : a primer
Author:
Matthews, Elizabeth G., author.
ISBN:
9780190268671
Physical Description:
xiv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents:
Introduction -- Realism -- Liberalism -- Economic structuralism -- Constructivism -- Feminism -- Conclusion.
Abstract:
"Ideal as a brief main text for IR Theories courses or as a supplemental text for IR, American Foreign Policy, or Global Studies courses, International Relations Theory: A Primer covers the main definitions, concepts, arguments, and criticisms regarding the five predominant IR theories and approaches used in the field today: realism, liberalism, constructivism, economic structuralism, and feminism. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, it helps students understand and critique the theories and apply them to real-world issues."--Publisher's description.
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Ideal as a brief main text for IR Theories courses or as a supplemental text for IR, American Foreign Policy, or Global Studies courses, International Relations Theory: A Primer covers the main definitions, concepts, arguments, and criticisms regarding the five predominant IR theories andapproaches used in the field today: realism, liberalism, constructivism, economic structuralism, and feminism. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, it helps students understand and critique the theories and apply them to real-world issues.


Table of Contents

List of Tables/Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Evolution of International Relations Theoriesp. 3
The Study of International Relationsp. 8
Levels of Analysisp. 13
Case Study I: Proliferationp. 16
Case Study II: Trade and the World Trade
Organization (WTO)p. 21
Organization of the Bookp. 26
Key Termsp. 27
For Further Readingp. 28
Endnotesp. 28
Chapter 2 Realismp. 30
Roots and Evolution of Realismp. 31
Central Assumptionsp. 32
Classical Realismp. 34
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 36
Neorealism (Structural Realism)p. 41
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 41
Polarity and Balance Versus Imbalance of Power Neoclassical Realismp. 50
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 51
Mercantilismp. 54
Criticisms of Realismp. 57
Case Study: Proliferationp. 60
Case Study: WTOp. 64
Conclusionp. 69
Key Termsp. 70
For Further Readingp. 71
Endnotesp. 71
Chapter 3 Liberalismp. 73
Roots and Evolution of Liberalismp. 75
Central Assumptionsp. 76
Liberal Internationalismp. 79
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 82
Neoliberal Institutionalismp. 86
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 88
Barriers to Cooperation and How States Overcome Themp. 92
Laissez-Faire and Economic Liberalismp. 96
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 96
Globalization and Liberal Economic Policies in Crisis?p. 105
Criticisms of Liberalismp. 107
Case Study: Proliferationp. 109
Case Study: WTOp. 114
Conclusionp. 118
Key Termsp. 119
For Further Readingp. 119
Endnotesp. 120
Chapter 4 Economic Structuralismp. 123
Roots and Evolution of Economic Structuralismp. 125
Central Assumptionsp. 125
Classical Marxism and Imperialismp. 129
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 129
Economic Structuralism and Dependency Theoryp. 141
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 143
Marxist Variant of Dependency Tiworyp. 147
Non-Marxist Variant of Dependency Theoryp. 149
World-Systems Theoryp. 151
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 151
Criticisms of Economic Structuralismp. 153
Case Study: Proliferationp. 155
Case Study: WTOp. 160
Conclusionp. 162
Key Termsp. 164
For Further Readingp. 165
Endnotesp. 165
Chapter 5 Constructivismp. 167
Constructivism and the Third Debatep. 169
Roots and Evolution of Constructivismp. 171
Central Assumptionsp. 172
Emergence of Constructivismp. 181
Modernist Constructivists: Pioneers in the Field
Naturalistic Constructivists: Pioneers in the Fieldp. 190
Postmodernist Constructivists: Pioneers in the Fieldp. 191
Criticisms of Constructivismp. 195
Case Study: Proliferationp. 196
Case Study: WTOp. 202
Conclusionp. 205
Key Termsp. 207
For Further Readingp. 207
Endnotesp. 208
Chapter 6 Feminismp. 210
Feminism: A Movementp. 213
Roots and Evolution of Feminist International Relations Theoryp. 220
Central Assumptionsp. 223
Family of Theoriesp. 225
Feminist Empiricismp. 225
The Feminist Standpointp. 228
Feminist Postmodernismp. 231
Pioneers in the Fieldp. 234
Criticisms of Feminismp. 240
Case Study: Proliferationp. 243
Case Study: WTOp. 247
Conclusionp. 252
Key Termsp. 252
For Further Readingp. 252
Endnotesp. 253
Chapter 7 Conclusionp. 257
Ontology and Epistemology Revisitedp. 258
Towards a Holistic Approach to Studying International Relationsp. 259
English Schoolp. 262
Critical Theoryp. 265
Postcolonialismp. 269
Case Studies: A Holistic Approach to Proliferation and Trade Liberalizationp. 274
Proliferationp. 277
Trade Liberalization and the WTOp. 281
Where Do We Go from Here?p. 284
Key Termsp. 285
For Further Readingp. 285
Endnotesp. 286
Glossaryp. 289
Works Citedp. 299
Indexp. 315