International Relations: A European Perspective presents the main schools of international relations while underlining the added value of the European approach. Contrary to US or East Asian perspectives, a European viewpoint adopts a critical approach to traditional cleavages. The author demonstrates the added value of a European approach to international relations, taking into account both the shortcomings and achievements found within European history and current European unity. Key themes include: the evolution of state sovereignty, regional cooperation between previous enemies, political impact of economic integration, regimes building, international rule setting, institutionalization of international relations, and the weight of ideas and perceptions by transnational cooperation. This comprehensive assessment takes into consideration every school of international relations critically presented from this original perspective and as such makes the book ideal for courses on international relations.
'To have a sophisticated understanding of contemporary world politics, one needs to have a grasp of the schools of thought discussed in this volume. They provide important concepts, critiques, and questions that can illuminate a variety of issues. I therefore applaud the appearance of this volume and hope it has a wide readership.' Robert O. Keohane [taken from the Foreword] 'Theoretical debates in IR have increasingly been dominated by American perspectives and concerns. This book is refreshing because it offers a European perspective on these debates. Mario TelÃ² argues persuasively that the development and persistence of the European Union requires adjustments in all the leading theories of IR. His book will be required reading for all students of international politics.' Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK ’Mario TelÃ² offers quite simply the best articulation to date of the impact of the European project on international relations theory. Not all scholars will agree with his thesis that the project really is paradigm changing. But no scholar keen to present a comprehensive theory of contemporary international politics should think they can do so without engaging with him.’ Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK ’…an ambitious, rich & multifaceted book, which should be of interest to academics, students & policy-makers worldwide, interested in the (current & future) governance architecture of our global society, in general, and the role therein played by the EU & other supranational regions, in particular.’ Journal of Common Market Studies