International Relations (IR) theorists speak with conviction, and often passion, to the global condition of human society. The result is an important, dynamic and often deeply divided field. This long-awaited new edition of International Relations Theory Today offers undergraduate and postgraduate students an essential guide to the complex terrain of IR theory and the key questions on its agenda. With chapters by 25 prominent and provocative IR theorists, the book reveals the intellectual excitement - and turmoil - of theorizing world politics. It reflects the conflicts and tensions around the profound challenges facing the contemporary world, such as climate change, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and economic and political injustice and conflict, while also expressing hope that we can better understand, and respond to, these challenges. Above all, this book demonstrates the significance of thinking theoretically about international relations and developing the tools not merely to describe but also to explain, analyse, prescribe and possibly re-imagine the global political landscape.
As the world comes face-to-face with historic challenges over the coming decades, International Relations Theory Today will help its readers to participate more effectively in debates about the most important global political dilemmas of our time.
Ken Booth is Senior Research Associate and President of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Contributors List of Figures INTRODUCTION: THE ARGUMENTATIVE DISCIPLINE Ken Booth and Toni Erskine PART I: CONTESTATIONS 1. FIVE GENERATIONS OF IR THEORY Nicholas Onuf 2. THEORY AND PRACTICE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Chris Brown 3. IR THEORY AS IDENTITY DISCOURSES Richard Ned Lebow 4. IR THEORY AND THE QUESTION OF SCIENCE Inanna Hamati-Ataya 5. IR THEORY AS AN ETHICAL PURSUIT Molly Cochran 6. DO IR SCHOLARS ENGAGE WITH THE SAME WORLD? Pinar Bilgin 7. IT S THE ECONOMY, STUPID... Craig Murphy PART II: THEORIES AND ISSUES 8. THE FUTURE OF WAR AS THE ULTIMA RATIO William Wohlforth 9. THE NUCLEAR REVOLUTION AS THEORY Campbell Craig 10. CARMEN MIRANDA RETURNS Cynthia Enloe 11. GLOBAL CAPITALISM, INEQUALITY, AND POVERTY David Blaney and Naeem Inayatullah 12. CIVILISED RESTRAINT AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY Andrew Linklater 13. DEMOCRACY IN A GLOBALISED WORLD Heikki Patomaki 14. PROTEST AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE INFORMATION AGE Colin Wight 15. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE BEYOND IR? Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson 16. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE Oran Young PART III: THEORIZING IR TOMORROW 17. THE FUTURE FROM INSIDE THE LIBERAL WORLD ORDER Jennifer Sterling-Folker 18. MUST IR REMAIN ABSTRACT IN THE FUTURE? Christine Sylvester 19. STUDYING WORLD POLITICS AS A COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEM Neta C. Crawford 20. A NEO-HOBBESIAN FUTURE? Michael C. Williams 21. THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 2157 (TWO EXCERPTS) Patrick Thaddeus Jackson CONCLUSION: RESPONSIBILITY AND THE ARGUMENTATIVE DISCIPLINE Ken Booth and Toni Erskine References Index