Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches
Robert Jackson, Georg Sørensen
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The fifth edition of this successful textbook has been updated in light of current international events and ongoing debates in the subject. It provides a highly readable introduction to the principal theories in international relations, combining incisive and original analysis with a clear and accessible writing style, and a range of helpful learning features.
This new edition is structured to guide students through classical theories, contemporary approaches and debates, and key issues in international relations, and includes a new chapter on feminism, post-structuralism, and post-colonialism.
The authors emphasise the relationship between international relations theory and international relations practice, and carefully explain how particular theories organize and shape our view of the world, ensuring that students receive a blended view of theory and practice.
there were ‘trade wars’ and other disputes between the Western democracies which appeared to confirm the neorealist hypothesis about competition between self-interested countries that were fundamentally concerned about their power position relative to each other. During the 1980s, some neorealists and neoliberals came close to sharing a common analytical starting point that is basically neorealist in character: i.e., states are the main actors in what is still an international anarchy and they
clear: if a ruler does not know or respect the maxims of power politics, his or her statecraft will fail and with it the security and welfare of the citizens who depend absolutely upon it. In other words, political responsibility flows in a very different vein from ordinary, private morality. The fundamental, overriding values are the security and the survival of the state; that is what must guide foreign policy. Machiavelli’s realist writings are sometimes portrayed (Forde 1992: 64) as ‘manuals
as the leading institution in that regard: it is expected to ensure these basic values. For example, people generally assume the state to underwrite the value of security, which involves the protection of citizens from internal and external threat. That is a fundamental concern or interest of states. However, the very existence of independent states affects the value of security; we live in a world of many states, almost all of which are armed at least to some degree and some of which are major
those learning occasions, people wake up to the larger circumstances of their lives which in normal times are a silent or invisible background. At those moments they are likely to become sharply aware of what they take for granted, and of how important these values really are in their everyday lives. We become aware of national security when a foreign power rattles its sabre, or international terrorists engage in hostile actions against our country or one of our allies. We become aware of
It is also receptive to the basic elements of International Law and the major events and episodes of International History. That openness enables it to get closer to the empirical complexities of international relations, and to gain a deeper appreciation of the normative dilemmas and difficulties of statecraft, foreign policy, and diplomatic relations. In being so open-minded, however, it invites the dangers of excessive complexity and perhaps even the risk of incoherence in its arguments and