The Oxford Handbook of International Relations
Author: Christian Reus Smit
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations offers the most authoritative and comprehensive overview to date of the field of International Relations. The Handbook debates the nature of the field itself, critically engages with the major theories, surveys a wide spectrum of methods, addresses the relationship between scholarship and policy making, and examines the field's relation with cognate disciplines. In so doing the Handbook gives readers authoritative and critical introductions to the subject and establish a sense of the field as a dynamic realm of argument and inquiry.
The Handbook has two key and distinctive organizing principles. The first is its ground-breaking approach to the normative component in theorizing about International Relations. Earlier volumes have concentrated almost exclusively on theories as purely empirical or positive theories, with small sub-sections left for 'ethics and International Relations'. But all International Relations theories have both empirical and normative aspects; even methodological choices entail implicit normative commitments. Without this understanding, some of the arguments in International Relations are routinely miscast. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations offers a comprehensive survey of the field that deepens our understanding of how empirical and normative theorizing interact to constitute International Relations as a field of study.
A second organizing principle is the analysis of how different perspectives have developed in relation to one another. Previous overviews of the field have treated contending theories and methods as isolated bodies of thought, or organized them into stylized 'great debates'. Butthese approaches obscure the dynamic interplay, conversation, and contestation between different perspectives. The Handbook examines this interplay, with chapter authors probing how their theory or approach has been affected by contestation with, and borrowing from, other approaches. In doing so it shows how diversity within International Relations has promoted, or perhaps sometimes stultified, progress in the field.
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations advances a markedly different perspective on the field of International Relations and will be essential for reading for those interested in the advanced study of global politics and international affairs.
Table of Contents:
1 Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations Christian Reus-Smit Reus-Smit, Christian Duncan Snidal Snidal, Duncan
2 The State and International Relations David A. Lake Lake, David A.
3 From International Relations to Global Society Michael Barnett Barnett, Michael Kathryn Sikkink Sikkink, Kathryn
4 The Point Is not Just to Explain the World but to Change It Robert W. Cox Cox, Robert W.
5 A Disabling Discipline? Phillip Darby Darby, Phillip
6 Eclectic Theorizing in the Study and Practice of International Relations Peter Katzenstein Katzenstein, Peter Rudra Sil Sil, Rudra
7 Realism William C. Wohlforth Wohlforth, William C.
8 The Ethics of Realism Jack Donnelly Donnelly, Jack
9 Marxism Benno Teschke Teschke, Benno
10 The Ethics of Marxism Nicholas Rengger Rengger, Nicholas
11 Neoliberal Institutionalism Arthur A. Stein Stein, Arthur A.
12 The Ethics of Neoliberal Institutionalism James L. Richardson Richardson, James L.
13 The New Liberalism Andrew Moravcsik Moravcsik, Andrew
14 The Ethics of the New Liberalism Gerry Simpson Simpson, Gerry
15 The English School Tim Dunne Dunne, Tim
16 The Ethics of the English School Molly Cochran Cochran, Molly
17 Constructivism Ian Hurd Hurd, Ian
18 The Ethics of Constructivism Richard Price Price, Richard
19 Critical Theory Richard Shapcott Shapcott, Richard
20 The Ethics of Critical Theory Robyn Eckersley Eckersley, Robyn
21 Postmodernism Anthony Burke Burke, Anthony
22 The Ethics of Postmodernism Peter Lawler Lawler, Peter
23 Feminism Sandra Whitworth Whitworth, Sandra
24 The Ethics of Feminism Jacqui True True, Jacqui
25 Methodological Individualism and RationalChoice Andrew H. Kydd Kydd, Andrew H.
26 Sociological Approaches Friedrich Kratochwil Kratochwil, Friedrich
27 Psychological Approaches James Goldgeier Goldgeier, James Philip Tetlock Tetlock, Philip
28 Quantitative Approaches Edward D.Mansfield Mansfield, Edward D. Jon C. Pevehouse Pevehouse, Jon C.
29 Case Study Methods Andrew Bennett Bennett, Andrew Colin Elman Elman, Colin
30 Historical Methods J Oel Quirk Quirk, Oel
31 International Political Economy John Ravenhill Ravenhill, John
32 Strategic Studies Robert Ayson Ayson, Robert
33 Foreign-policy Decision-making Douglas T. Stuart Stuart, Douglas T.
34 International Ethics Terry Nardin Nardin, Terry
35 International Law Michael Byers Byers, Michael
36 Scholarship and Policy-making: Who Speaks Truth to Whom? Henry R. Nau Nau, Henry R.
37 International Relations: The Relevance of Theory to Practice Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Nye, Joseph S., Jr.
38 International Relations from Below David L. Blaney Blaney, David L. Naeem Inayatullah Inayatullah, Naeem
39 International Relations Theory from a Former Hegemon Richard Little Little, Richard
40 The Concept of Power and the (Un)discipline of International Relations Janice Bially Mattern Mattern, Janice Bially
41 Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations Toni Erskine Erskine, Toni
42 Big Questions in the Study of World Politics Robert O. Keohane Keohane, Robert O.
43 The Failure of Static and the Need for Dynamic Approaches to International Relations Richard Rosecrance Rosecrance, Richard
44 Six Wishes for a More Relevant Discipline of International Relations Steve Smith Smith, Steve
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