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Introduction to International Relations provides a concise and engaging introduction to the principal international relations theories and, uniquely, explores how theory can be used to analyse contemporary issues. Readers are introduced to the most important theories, encompassing both classical and contemporary approaches and debates. Throughout the text the authors encourage readers to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the theories presented and the major points of contention between them. In so doing, the text helps students build a clear understanding of how major theoretical debates link up with each other, and how the structure of the discipline of international relations is established.
Jackson and Sorensen place a strong emphasis throughout on the relationship between theory and practice, carefully explaining how theories organize and shape our view of the world. A chapter is dedicated to key global issues and how theory can be used as a tool to analyze and interpret these issues.
Robert Jackson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Boston.
Georg Sørensen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Studying IR Chapter 1 Why study IR? Chapter 2 IR as an Academic Subject
Part 2: Classical Theories Chapter 3 Realism Chapter 4 Liberalism Chapter 5 International Society Chapter 6 International Political Economy: Classical Theories
Part 3: Contemporary Approaches and Debates Chapter 7 International Political Economy: Contemporary Debates Chapter 8 Social Constructivism Chapter 9 Post-positivism in IR
Part 4: Key Issues in Contemporary IR Chapter 10 Foreign Policy Chapter 11 Key Issues in Contemporary IR Part 1: Studying IR 1. Why study IR? 2. IR as an Academic Subject Part 2: Classical Theories 3. Realism 4. Liberalism 5. International Society 6. International Political Economy: Classical Theories Part 3: Contemporary Approaches and Debates 7. International Political Economy: Contemporary Debates 8. Social Constructivism 9. Post-positivism in IR Part 4: Key Issues in Contemporary IR 10. Foreign Policy 11. Key Issues in Contemporary IR