'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 3: Theorizing International Politics
Theorizing International Politics
The repetitive and unresolvable nature of contemporary debates in normative international theory has not gone unnoticed. There are now a plethora of critical theoretical approaches to international relations which challenge the conceptual parameters of realist versus idealist, communitarian versus cosmopolitan arguments. These include representatives of Frankfurt School critical theory, postmodernism and feminism, but also two important precursors of these three contemporary schools, the theoretical paradigms of the international society approach (sometimes [Page 56]referred to as ‘rationalist’ or ‘English School’) and of Marxism.1 In this chapter I will be surveying and assessing the range of theories which challenge international relations orthodoxy and the relegation of normative ...