1st Edition

Globalizing IR Theory Critical Engagement

Edited By Yaqing Qin Copyright 2020
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite attempts to redress the balance, international relations (IR) as a discipline is still dominated by Western theories. The contributors in this book explore the challenges of constructing an alternative, with a dialogue between global and local approaches.

    Drawing on scholars with backgrounds in the United States, 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 IR from around the world, looking for more diversity in IR theory.

    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)



    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).