1st Edition

A New Science of International Relations
Modernity, Complexity and the Kosovo Conflict

ISBN 9781138379695
Published June 5, 2019 by Routledge
246 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Popolo applies Foucauldian methodology to the understanding of Complexity Science for the purposes of generating new understandings related to International Relations in general and to the Kosovo conflict in particular. He provides an epistemic analysis to the history of International Relations theory to reveal its intrinsic 'modernity', highlighting how such modernity derives from a particular understanding of scientific epistemology, which is being radically undermined by the emergence of Complexity Science. Importantly, the book shows how these theoretical issues affect specific understandings of crisis - in this case Kosovo - leading to specific policy decisions in the real world of international policy-making.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part 1 Complexity, Modernity and International Relations Theory: Introduction; Complexity and the modern episteme: epistemological outline of a new science; An archaeology of modernity; Complexity, international relations and ethics from an epistemic perspective; Intermezzo: a roadmap to an argument. Part 2 The Kosovo Crisis and Its Contradictions: International relations and modern interpretations of the Kosovo crisis; Legal-ethical frameworks on Kosovo, modern analytical finitude at work; Ancient ethnic hatreds; Conclusion: International relations, complexity and the Kosovo crisis; Bibliography; Index.

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Dr Damian Popolo, Honorary Research Fellow, Lancaster University, UK


'An excellent example of the growing number of complexity inspired works that challenge the fundamentals of International Relations. The book is a stimulating theoretical review of complexity, as well as a critique of traditional IR and a demonstration of what complexity can do when it is applied to recent policy challenges.' Robert Geyer, Lancaster University, UK 'A New Science of International Relations is an interesting study...' Südosteuropa