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This book provides a major review of the state of international theory. It is focused around the issue of whether the positivist phase of international theory is now over, or whether the subject remains mainly positivistic. Leading scholars analyse the traditional theoretical approaches in the discipline, then examine the issues and groups which are marginalised by mainstream theory, before turning to four important new developments in international theory (historical sociology, post-structuralism, feminism, and critical theory). The book concludes with five chapters which look at the future of the subject and the practice of international relations. This survey brings together key figures who have made leading contributions to the development of mainstream and alternative theory, and will be a valuable text for both students and scholars of international relations.


‘This book is a major attack on the conventional ways in which international relations theory is conceived. International in scope and broad in its perspectives, this volume is an education in and of itself. More importantly, it will be an eye opener for those who see IR theory as essentially a debate between neorealists and neoliberals. The discourse in IR theory is much broader and indeed more profound than that. Highly recommended for scholars and students alike.’

John A. Vasquez - Vanderbilt University

‘This excellent collection, which will no doubt be essential reading for postgraduates, should also be read by anyone interested in the future of international relations.’

Richard Devetak Source: International Affairs

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