'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

The Politics of International Theory

The politics of international theory


In the first two chapters, we saw that schools of thought about normative issues in international politics were underlain by conceptual oppositions which had specific implications for how international politics, the nature and status of international normative theory and the relation between the normative theorist and the object of theory were thought and understood. The conceptual oppositions were between reason and nature, ideality and reality, universal and particular, and they dominated fundamental presumptions about the nature of morality and politics. The effect of these grounding oppositions in international theory was that the international was conceived primarily as ...

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