International Relations Theories explores the full spectrum of theoretical perspectives and debates, ranging from the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism and Marxism to traditionally marginalised postcolonialism and green theory. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular theory and features a case study that bridges theory and practice by showing how it can be used to explain real world political dilemmas.
Accompanying case study questions encourage analytical thinking and help readers understand the value of applying theory to concrete political problems. This text features a new chapter on global IR, encouraging students to critically reflect on the context of the field's development and appreciate the importance of viewing international relations theories from truly representative perspectives.
- Expert line-up of contributors offer coverage of dominant and emerging theories and arguments from diverse perspectives
- Includes coverage of historically marginalised theories, including postcolonialism and environmentalism
- A case study in each chapter shows how theory can be used to explain real-world problems and dilemmas and additional questions to encourage students to analyse and evaluate the different theories for themselves
- Highlights key books, articles and prominent works to encourage students to broaden their reading and research in the field.
- New chapter on global IR by Professor Amitav Acharya encourages students to critically reflect on the context in which IR developed and appreciate the importance of viewing international relations theories from truly representative perspectives
- Revised part structure introducing each section provides an overarching narrative to the text, helping students to understand and interpret different approaches
- Updated online resources include pointers on answering case study questions, supporting students to apply theories to real world issues.