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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 Relations Theory1
International relations theory
Gunther Hellmann

International relations (IR) is defined by some as a discipline of its own, not merely a sub-discipline of political science. In large part this is due to the fact that particular understandings of ‘theory’ have shaped the (sub-) discipline in ways that have set it more strongly apart from other sub-disciplines of political science. The mere fact that international relations theory (IRT) and international political theory (IPT) merit separate articles in this Handbook (and rightly so for most scholars in IR and political theory) underlines this special status (see Lebow, Chapter 75, this Handbook). However, a strong distinction between ‘empirical’ or ‘causal’ questions, dealt with mainly under the heading of IRT, and ‘normative’ ...

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