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International Relations: An Overview

Kjell Goldmann

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294719.003.0016
 International Relations: An Overview

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Provides an introduction and overview to the issues and tensions in the field of international relations. Four main areas of contention are discussed. (1) What is the role of the State in world politics and how can we measure it? (2) What is the reason for research––is it theoretical or purposive? (3) How might theories contain concepts of purpose and meaning in international relations? (4) Are theories conjectures or are they instruments of power? These questions provide specific issues for international relations as theory meets practice. The result has been a fragmented discipline in purpose and in method.

Keywords: international relations; state; world politics

Chapter.  11268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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