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The Globalization of International Politics

The Globalization of International Politics

Key terms

  • Constructivism (IR)
  • Deterrence
  • Geopolitics
  • Hegemony
  • Idealism (IR)
  • Imperialism
  • Liberalism
  • Linkage
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Peace
  • Realism
  • Washington consensus


International relations (IR) have always been given a special status in political science. In a traditional perspective, it aimed to investigate the relationship among sovereign nation-states. We will see that this view has become very much questioned nowadays. In the USA, as well as in the UK, this discipline developed apart from political science, even if it was strongly influenced by theories, concepts and methods elaborated by political scientists. Moreover, in the UK, IR has always had a multi-disciplinary background, while in the USA its strong autonomy does not preclude its dominant political orientation. On the Continent and elsewhere in the world, IR is much more embedded into political science, ...

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