New Thinking In International Relations Theory

Westview Press

This book of ten original essays provides a showcase of currently diverse theoretical agendas in the field of international relations. Contributors address the theoretical analysis that their perspective brings to the issue of change in global politics. Written for readers with a general interest in and knowledge of world affairs, New Thinking in International Relations Theory can also be assigned in international relations theory courses.The volume begins with an essay on the classical tradition at the end of the Cold War. Essays explore work outside the mainstream, such as Jean Bethke Elshtain on feminist theory and James Der Derian on postmodern theory as well as those developing theoretical advances within traditional realms from James DeNardo's formal modeling to the more descriptive analyses of Miles Kahler and Steve Weber. Other essays include Matthew Evangelista on domestics structure, Daniel Deudney on naturalist and geopolitical theory, and Joseph Grieco on international structuralist theory.
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Michael W. Doyle is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. G. John Ikenberry is codirector of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies and associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Westview Press
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Published on
Sep 5, 1997
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780813346366
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Globalization
Political Science / International Relations / General
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