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Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations

Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal

in The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199219322.003.0001

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations

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This article explains the Handbook's broad approach and advances a series of arguments about the nature of international relations as a field, arguments informed by a reading of the rest of the book. The book is concerned, in particular, with three interrelated questions. What is the nature of the theoretical endeavour in international relations? How have the empirical and the normative aspects of theories interacted to shape individual theories and the debates between them? And finally, has there been progress in the study of international relations, and if so in what sense?

Keywords: international relations theories; normative aspects; empirical aspects; theory

Article.  15883 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Comparative Politics

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