'A lucid, comprehensive analysis of normative approaches to international relations, and an original contribution to critical theory' - Andrew Linklater, University of Keele `Hutchings combines a valuable account of the current state of the art with a lucid expositon of her own, highly distinctive, position. This will be required reading for students in international political theory, and indeed anyone interested in normative issues in international relations' - Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science Providing an invaluable overview of the competing schools of thought in traditional and contemporary international theory, this book
Chapter 1: Idealism and Realism
Idealism and Realism
An investigation into contemporary normative international theory cannot take place without some explanation of what the term ‘normative international theory’ means. However, this is not a straightforward question of definition, since the term, as will be evident in much of the argument of this book, is essentially contested in the theoretical literature. For the moment, a preliminary and abstract statement of the range of meanings it holds must suffice. Normative theory is a very broad term which refers to any theorization of reality which is in some sense evaluative; this applies to the premises on which it is based and the questions it sets out to answer. Normative theories are usually explicitly or implicitly prescriptive, that ...