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International Relations Theory

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Stephen McGlinchey

Rosie Walters

Christian Scheinpflug

Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 9781910814208

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jaroslav Tir, Professor, CU Boulder on 7/1/19

Yes, it is definitely comprehensive. Maybe a bit too comprehensive, with some of the theories being from really far afield. It will be up to the instructor to guide the students in understanding which theories are the mainstream ones, which are... read more


Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Started With International Relations Theory (Stephen Mcglinchey, Rosie Walters & Dana Gold)

Part One – Established Theories

  • Realism (Sandrina Antunes & Isabel Camisão)
  • Liberalism (Jeffrey W. Meiser)
  • The English School (Yannis A. Stivachtis)
  • Constructivism (Sarina Theys)
  • Marxism (Maïa Pal)
  • Critical Theory (Marcos Farias Ferreira)
  • Poststructuralism (Aishling Mc Morrow)
  • Feminism (Sarah Smith)
  • Postcolonialism (Sheila Nair)
  • Towards A Global Ir? (Amitav Acharya)

Part Two – Expansion Pack

  • Green Theory (Hugh C. Dyer)
  • Global Justice (Alix Dietzel)
  • Queer Theory (Markus Thiel)
  • Securitisation Theory (Clara Eroukhmanoff)
  • Critical Geography (Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon & Archie W. Simpson)
  • Asian Perspectives (Pichamon Yeophantong)
  • Global South Perspectives (Lina Benabdallah, Victor Adetula & Carlos Murillo-Zamora)
  • Indigenous Perspectives (Jeff Corntassel & Marc Woons)
  • A Contemporary Perspective On Realism (Felix Rösch & Richard Ned Lebow
  • The ‘Isms' Are Evil. All Hail The ‘Isms'! (Alex Prichard)


About the Book

This book is designed as a foundational entry point to International Relations theory – structured to condense the most important information into the smallest space and present that information in an accessible manner. The first half of the book covers the theories that are most commonly taught in undergraduate programmes. The book then expands to present emerging approaches and offer wider perspectives. Each chapter sets out the basics of a theory whilst also applying it to a real-world event or issue, creating a lively, readable and relevant guide that will help students to see not only what theories are – but why they matter.


About the Contributors


Dr Stephen McGlinchey is the Editor-in-Chief of E-International Relations and Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is the author of International Relations (2017) and US Arms Policies Towards the Shah’s Iran (2014).