International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.
Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:
Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites
In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:
An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites
Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.
1. Core Questions Addressed
- How can the relationship between conflict and war be conceptualized?
- How can international conflict be approached and resolved?
- What distinguishes conflict resolution from conflict management?
Conflict has always been an inherent feature of human existence and social development. From a sociological perspective, conflict is conceptualized as a situation in which two or more actors, such as individuals, groups or societies, pursue incompatible goals, including dissent about the distribution, appropriateness and legitimacy of a specific object (Kriesberg 2007: 2; Rittberger and Zürn 1990: 14). Handled appropriately, conflict can induce social dynamics leading to transformations and improvements of existing deficiencies in social relations and institutions. Unfortunately, whenever conflict results in aggression and violence, its consequences for societies can be destructive. In general, we ...