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Theories of International Relations

1st Edition

Edited by Siegfried Schieder, Manuela Spindler


356 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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This book is a comprehensive guide to theories of International Relations (IR). Given the limitations of a paradigm-based approach, it sheds light on eighteen theories and new theoretical perspectives in IR by examining the work of key reference theorists. The chapters are all written to a common template. The introductory section provides readers with a basic understanding of the theory’s genesis by locating it within an intellectual tradition, paying particular attention to the historical and political context. The second section elaborates on the theory as formulated by the selected reference theorist. After this account of the theory’s core elements, the third section turns to theoretical variations, examining conceptual subdivisions and overlaps, further developments and internal critique. The fourth section scrutinizes the main criticisms emanating from other theoretical perspectives and highlights points of contact with recent research in IR. The fifth and final section consists of a bibliography carefully compiled to aid students’ further learning.

Encompassing a broad range of mainstream, traditional theories as well as emerging and critical perspectives, this is an original and ground-breaking textbook for students of International Relations.

The German edition of the book won the "Geisteswissenschaften International" Prize, collectively awarded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Table of Contents

1. Theories of International Relations: Introduction Manuela Spindler and Siegfried Schieder 2. Realism Andreas Jacobs 3. Neorealism Niklas Schörnig 4. Interdependence Manuela Spindler 5. Regime Theory Bernhard Zang 6. Neofunctionalism Thomas Conzelmann 7. New Liberalism Siegfried Schieder 8. Liberal Approaches to the “Democratic Peace”Andreas Hasenclever 9. The English School Christopher Daase 10. World Society and Globalization Ingo Take 11. The Theory of Imperialism Michael Heinrich 12. World-System Theory Andreas Nölke 13. Neo-Gramscian Perspectives Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton 14. International Political Economy Hans-Jürgen Bieling 15. Social Constructivism Cornelia Ulbert 16. Critical Theory Christoph Humrich 17. Postmodern Approaches Thomas Diez 18. Feminist Approaches Barbara Finke 19. Critical Geopolitics Mathias Albert, Paul Reuber and Günther Wolkersdorfer

About the Editors

Siegfried Schieder is Acting Professor for International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of Trier and teaches International Relations at the German-Chinese Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP), Free University of Berlin.

Manuela Spindler teaches International Relations and International Relations Theory at the German open Business School (GoBS) and the German-Chinese Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP), Free University of Berlin.

Subject Categories

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