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International Relations Theory

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Stephen McGlinchey

Rosie Walters

Christian Scheinpflug

Copyright Year: 2017

ISBN 13: 9781910814208

Publisher: E-International Relations

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mary M. McCarthy, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Drake University on 12/27/21

The text is comprehensive, covering both the major paradigms introduced in the traditional IR classroom and additional perspectives that may need to be integrated more into the classroom for students to have a fuller comprehension of the academic... read more

Reviewed by Dimitri Tsarouhas, Visiting Associate Professor, Virginia Tech on 12/17/21

The book covers all IR theories and some, it is the most comprehensive volume I have come across in this regard. It does not limit itself to theories but endorses "perspectives " as well (More on this below). On the other hand, the book does not... read more

Reviewed by Michael Trevathan, Instructor, Oregon State University on 8/24/20

The editors here provide a comprehensive overview of the varied theoretical perspectives that can be found within the discipline of international relations. They begin with the established theories (e.g. realism and liberalism) that have dominated... read more

Reviewed by Erika Masaki, Faculty Member, Lane Community College on 1/2/20

The text is extremely comprehensive, if not overly so. Some of the theories covered are a bit far-fetched. Some of the examples used are limited or not included where they would be in other introductory texts on IR theory. For example, there is no... read more

Reviewed by Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 12/16/19

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the various theories of International Relations, ranging from traditional perspectives such as Realism and Liberalism to newer and emerging theories, including Green Theory, Queer Theory, and... read more

Reviewed by Shyam Sriram, Visiting Assistant Professor , Butler University on 12/12/19

This book provides a mostly thorough understanding on the topic of IR theories with a diverse and highly-qualified set of authors from universities around the world. The myriad of intellectual styles contributes nicely to a book that feels more... read more

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)


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  • 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).

    Rosie Walters

    Christian Scheinpflug

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