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European Approaches to International Relations Theory

A House with Many Mansions, 1st Edition

By Jörg Friedrichs


224 pages

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A well-established community of American scholars has long dominated the discipline of international relations. Recently, however, certain strands of continental theorizing are being introduced into the mainstream.

This is a critical examination of European approaches to international relations theory, suggesting practical ways of challenging manistream thought. Freidrichs presents a detailed sociological analysis of knowledge production in existing European IR communities, namely France, Italy and Scandinavia. He also discusses a selection of European schools and approaches.


"In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Jörg Friedrichs makes a plea for the development of a ‘Eurodiscipline’ of International Relations (IR). In Friedrichs’ view, such a ‘Eurodiscipline’ would be an effective way of counterbalancing American hegemony in IR and developing a much more pluralistic and self-reflexive approach.

…The discussion of the American hegemony in IR, as well as the French, Italian and Nordic strategies, is a delight to read – informed and informative, persuasive and with an eye for the broader connections between IR and developments in other disciplines. Indeed, this part of the book should become standard reading for anyone studying IR,

supplemented by studies of the development of IR in other national contexts, including those outside Western Europe."

Thomas Diez, Millennium, Volume 35.2, pp456-459

Table of Contents

Preface 1. International Relations: Still an American social science? Part 1: Developmental Pathways 2. International Relations Theory in France: Three generations of Parisian intellectual pride 3. International Relations Theory in Italy: Between academic parochialism and intellectual adjustment 4. International Relations Theory in the Nordic Countries: From fragmentation to multi-level research cooperation Part 2: Triangular Reasoning 5. Third Way or Via Media? The international society approach of the English school 6. Middle Ground or Halfway House? Social constructivism and the theory of European integration Part 3: Theoretical Reconstruction 7. The Meaning of New Medievalism: An exercise in theoretical reconstruction Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jörg Friedrichs is a Research Associate at the International University Bremen, Germany, and is currently coordinating a research project on the internationalisation of the state monopoly over the legitimate use of force.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General