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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

International Political Theory
International political theory
Richard Ned Lebow
Introduction

International political theory is a new name for an old practice. Thucydides, often considered the father of international relations theory, drew heavily on contemporary understandings of human nature and framed his account of the Peloponnesian War as a tragedy. Ever since, political theorists – think Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Kant – have addressed international relations. So too have international relations theorists turned to political theory for frameworks, concepts, and inspiration. So why has international political theory emerged as a new field in international relations? What is its research program? What contributions has it made to our understanding of the theory and practice of international relations?

The boundaries of international political theory (IPT) ...

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