This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study of International Political Theory
Introduction to the Study of International Political Theory
Realist International Relations theorists tell us that international politics is about states, power and interest and there is no reason to believe that this is not the case, but one of the founding principles of all the different variants of International Political Theory that will be examined in this book is that this is not the whole story. International politics is also about values and norms, and states are not always the most significant international actors. Another belief of International Relations theorists – this time liberal as well as realist – is that the discipline of International Relations is a twentieth-century construct, generated by the two World Wars. Again ...