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
- Why do states engage in international development efforts?
- Do the international system and economy serve to improve living standards or sustain underdevelopment and poverty?
- How can development be measured?
International development can be defined as the processes and policies through which various actors seek to improve the living standards of societies that are not their own. While the general notion of development simply suggests evolution or change and can therefore be good [Page 28]or bad, the concept of international development implies normative notions of positive change or betterment. It also implies purposive activity and policies by actors such as state governments, international organizations (IOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to achieve these aims. However, it remains a highly contested concept, disputed in debates ...