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

  • What is the centre–periphery model?
  • What is the assumed causal connection between dependency and underdevelopment?
  • Why were the empirical realities of the 1970s detrimental to dependency theory?

2. Definitions

Dependency, or dependencia, refers to the economically subordinated state of developing countries in relation to the industrial countries as a direct structural result of their integration into the capitalist world market. Dependency originated in Latin America in the late 1960s as a concept in development theory in the context of postcolonialism (→ Development). Its theoretical basis can however already be found in the early 1950s thought of Raúl Prebisch, who authored crucial studies on the Latin American economy during his time as the director of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America (ECLA) (Prebisch 1950). It ...

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