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International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century

International Relations (IR) theory has been the site of intense debate in recent years. A decade ago it was still possible to divide the field between three main perspectives – Realism, Liberalism and Marxism. Not only have these approaches evolved in new directions, they have been joined by a number of new ‘isms’ vying forattention, including feminism and constructivism. International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century is the first comprehensive book to provide an overview of all the most important theories within international relations. Written by an international team of experts in the field, the book covers both traditional approaches, such as realism and liberal internationalism, as well as new developmentssuch as constructivism, poststructuralism and postcolonialism. The book’s comprehensive coverage of IR theory makes it the ideal text for teachers and students who want an up-to-date survey of the rich variety of theoretical work and for readers with no prior exposure to the subject. Martin Griffiths is Associate Professor in International Relations in the Department of International Business andAsian Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane.

International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century
An introduction Edited by Martin Griffiths

First published 2007 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

This edition published in the Taylor & Francise-Library, 2007. “To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s collection of thousands of eBooks please go to www.eBookstore.tandf.co.uk.”
Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business © 2007 Editorial selection and matter; Martin Griffiths; individual chapters the contributors. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted orreproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of CongressCataloging in Publication Data International relations theory for the twenty-first century : an introduction / edited by Martin Griffiths. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. International relations—Philosophy. I. Griffiths, Martin, 1961– JZ1305.I5658 2007 327.101—dc22 2007011599

ISBN 0-203-93903-4 Master e-book ISBN
ISBN 10: 0–415–38075–8 (hbk) ISBN 10: 0–415–38076–6 (pbk)ISBN 10: 0–203–93903–4 (ebk) ISBN 13: 978–0–415–38075–1 (hbk) ISBN 13: 978–0–415–38076–8 (pbk) ISBN 13: 978–0–203–93903–1 (ebk)

Contents

List of contributors Preface Acknowledgments 1 Worldviews and IR theory: Conquest or coexistence?
MARTIN GRIFFITHS

vii viii x 1 11 21 35 47 60 75 88 99 111 123

2 Realism
COLIN ELMAN

3 Liberal internationalism
JOHN MACMILLAN

4 Marxism
MARKRUPERT

5 Critical theory
ANDREW LINKLATER

6 Constructivism
ANDREW BRADLEY PHILLIPS

7 The English School
ALEX J. BELLAMY

8 Poststructuralism
JENNY EDKINS

9 Feminism
CYNTHIA ENLOE

10 Postcolonialism
RITA ABRAHAMSEN

11 Theories of state formation
HEATHER RAE

vi Contents

12 International political economy
TOM CONLEY

135 146

13 Worldviews and internationalpolitical theory
ANTHONY J. LANGLOIS

Bibliography Index

157 177

List of contributors

Rita Abrahamsen is Reader in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Alex J. Bellamy is Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. Tom Conley is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Business and Asian...
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