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Globalizing IR Theory

Critical Engagement, 1st Edition

Edited by Yaqing Qin


184 pages

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Hardback: 9780367404710
pub: 2020-03-31
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Despite attempts to redress the balance, International Relations as a discipline is still dominated by Western theories. The contributors to this book explore the challenges of constructing an alternative, with a dialogue between global and local approaches.

Drawing on scholars with backgrounds in the US, Europe, Asia and South America, this volume attempts to critically engage with and reflect upon existing traditions of IR theory, to produce a deeply pluralist approach. Traditions, cultures, histories and practices from around the world influence their respective theoretical understanding and in turn explain why the Western tradition of IR is insufficient.

This book provides great insight for scholars of International Relations from around the world, looking for more diversity in IR theory.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


1 Introduction: the global turn in IR and development of non-Western IRT (Yaqing Qin)

2 The second coming? reflections on a global theory of International Relations (Peter J. Katzenstein)

3 How and how not to develop IR theory: lessons from core and periphery (Barry Buzan)

4 Towards a pluralist International Relations theory: a European Union perspective (Mario Telò)

5 Beyond ‘the West/non-West divide’ in IR: how to ensure dialogues as mutual learning (Yong-Soo Eun)

6 Chinese values vs. liberalism: what ideology will shape the international normative order? (Xuetong Yan)

7 Towards a ‘global IR’? A view from Brazil (Oliver Stuenkel)

8 A multiverse of knowledge: cultures and IR theory (Yaqing Qin)

9 Conclusion: From Heaven to Earth — ‘Cultural Idealism’ and ‘Moral Realism’ as Chinese Contributions to Global International Relations (GIR)(Amitav Acharya)


About the Editor

Yaqing Qin is Professor of International Studies at China Foreign Affairs University. He is interested in IR theory, culture and social theory, and global governance. He is executive vice president of China National Association for International Studies, Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and Global Fellow at Oslo Peace Research Institute. His work has appeared in many academic journals, including International Studies Review, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. His has published over 100 journal articles and 40 books, including Global Governance: Rebuilding of Order in a Multiplex World (2019); A Relational Theory of World Politics (2018); Future in Retrospect: China’s Diplomatic History Revisited (2016); and Power, Institutions, and Cultures (2005).

About the Series

IR Theory and Practice in Asia

This series will publish philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical work by prominent scholars, as well as that of emerging scholars, concerned with IR theory and practice in the context of Asia. It will engage with a wide range of issues and questions ranging from meta-theoretical underpinnings of existing Western-oriented IR theories to ways of theorising Asian histories and cultures.

What are we looking for?

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which intend to address the following areas:

  • Global IR
  • Critical test and application of IR theory in Asian contexts
  • IR scholarship in Asia
  • Asian international politics
  • Critical pedagogy of international studies
  • Sociology of IR scholarship
  • Asian theory of international relations (Chinese IR; Japanese IR; Korean IR; and IR in ASEAN)
  • Multiple (or competing) discourses about non-Western IR theory
  • Asian histories of international relations
  • Theoretical pluralism and fragmentation in IR
  • Dialogues and engagement in a pluralist IR

More specifically, the questions the series is interested in include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What are the implications of the rise of Asia, and especially China, for IR as a discipline?
  • Through what mechanisms has Western IR theory dominated the discipline?
  • Why has IR, as a discipline, developed the way it has?
  • What are the distinctive features and teaching practices in Asian IR communities?
  • To what extent is Western IR theory useful in comprehending Asian international politics?
  • Do developments in contemporary Asia require new theoretical and methodological innovations?
  • Is the development of an Asian theory of IR desirable? If so, how might it be achieved?
  • Will efforts to develop Asian IR theory or schools lead IR to becoming a fragmented field of study?

If you have an idea for a new book in IR Theory and Practice in Asia, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Yong-Soo Eun, Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]

Shaun Breslin, Editor, [email protected]

Kosuke Shimizu, Editor, [email protected]

Ja Ian Chong, Editor, [email protected]


Editorial Board Members:

Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA

T.V. Paul, McGill University, Canada

Tim Dunne, University of Queensland, Australia

Colin Wight, University of Sydney, Australia

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Takashi Inoguchi, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Timothy M. Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Ian Hall, Griffith University, Australia

Wookhee Shin, Seoul National University

Chris Hughes, University of Warwick, UK

Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia

Yongjin Zhang, Bristol University, UK

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Ching Chang Chen, Ryukoku University, Japan

Emilian Kavalski, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Turkey

Qin Yaqing, China Foreign Affairs University, China

Chanintira na Thalang, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies