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Title:International Relations
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Author:Stephanie Lawson
Publisher:Polity Press
ISBN:0745629601
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International Relations by Stephanie Lawson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC International Relations International Relations only emerged as a discipline in its own right in the early twentieth century as scholars and practitioners sought to study the causes of war and the conditions for peace in a more systematic and sustained way The philosophical foundations of the discipline however draw on centuries of thinking about human nature political authority and the relations between political communities In this book Stephanie Lawson adopts a broad historical and contextual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of world politics In particular she examines the development of the discipline s central institution the state and explains the ways in which it has both shaped and been shaped by political norms Lawson also looks at key issues in the contemporary world including security and insecurity global governance and world order and the impact of globalization on the state .

The range of issues that the discipline now encompasses together with the development of new theoretical approaches and an increasing openness to interdisciplinary work make international relations an important and dynamic field of study in today s world This book will appeal to students of politics and international relations at undergraduate level and beyond as well as anyone with a general interest in world affairs

International Relations

International Relations only emerged as a discipline in its own right in the early twentieth century as scholars and practitioners sought to study the causes of war and the conditions for peace in a more systematic and sustained way The philosophical foundations of the discipline however draw on centuries of thinking about human nature political authority and the relations between political communities br In this book Stephanie Lawson adopts a broad historical and contextual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of world politics In particular she examines the development of the discipline s central institution the state and explains the ways in which it has both shaped and been shaped by political norms Lawson also looks at key issues in the contemporary world including security and insecurity global governance and world order and the impact of globalization on the state br br The range of issues that the discipline now encompasses together with the development of new theoretical approaches and an increasing openness to interdisciplinary work make international relations an important and dynamic field of study in today s world This book will appeal to students of politics and international relations at undergraduate level and beyond as well as anyone with a general interest in world affairs


The New Agenda for International Relations: From Polarization to Globalization in World Politics?

There have been significant political eras which have shaped not only the structure of world politics but the way in which it has been studied The geopolitical and ideological contours of the Cold War period for example had an impact on almost every aspect of world politics and the study of international relations for around years br br br This book argues that just as the collapse of the Soviet Union in the period following the fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the end of strategic polarization it also marked the apparent end of a particular form of polarized debate around political social and economic ideas The various new directions taken by scholars of international relations in the post Cold War era constitute a large part of a new agenda for the discipline This collection reflects the variety of issues and approaches that have become part and parcel of this agenda over the past ten years br br br Issues tackled in this volume include the power of culture and ideology the concept of globalisation inequality human rights and security as well as reflections on new forms of polarization in the post Cold War world Each contributor addresses the nature of changes and continuities in world politics considers how the discipline of international relations itself has changed and reflects on possible directions for the twenty first Century br br br This book will be of great interest to scholars of international relations global politics economics and related disciplines


Theories of International Relations: Contending Approaches to World Politics

Since the field of International Relations was established almost a century ago many different theoretical approaches have been developed each offering distinctive accounts of the world why it has come to be the way it is and how it might be made a better place br br In this illuminating textbook leading IR scholar Stephanie Lawson examines each of these theories in turn from political realism in its various forms to liberalism Marxism critical theory and more recent contributions from social theory feminism postcolonialism and green theory Taking as her focus the major practical issues facing scholars of international relations today Lawson ably shows how each theory relates to situations on the ground Each chapter features case studies questions for discussion to encourage reflection and classroom debate guides to further reading and web resources br br The study of IR is a profoundly normative enterprise and each theoretical school has its strengths and weaknesses Theories of International Relations encourages a critical reflective approach to the study of IR theory while emphasising the many important and interesting things it has to teach us about the complexities and challenges of international politics today


Tradition Versus Democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga

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Culture and Context in World Politics

This wide ranging historically informed study examines the career of the culture concept and related notions of context in comparative and international politics tracing connections through the disciplines of anthropology and history as well as through issues in nationalism and democracy Particular attention is paid to the way in which culture as context is implicated in some of the most problematic dichotomies in world politics as well as to how culture may be re conceptualized in a theory of cosmopolitan pluralism


Tradition Versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa

This study analyses the ways in which political elites use the idea of tradition to legitimate certain practices and institutions Within this framework case studies focus on constitutional development and the chiefly power in Fiji the monarchy and the Pro Democracy Movement in Tonga and the political issues surrounding the move to universal suffrage in Western Samoa The book provides a critical approach to the political implications of romanticising non Western cultural traditions especially in terms of democratic development


Europe and the Asia-Pacific

The many points of contact and conflict about culture and identity that exist between Europe and the Asia Pacific are highlighted in this book This work surveys a variety of issues relating to culture identity and representation from an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions from sociology economics history politics international relations security studies museum studies translation studies and literary and cultural studies Each brings a different perspective to bear on questions of culture and identity in the contemporary period and how these relate to the politics of representation


Some Conceptual and Empirical Issues in the Study of Regime Change

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The Failure of Democratic Politics in Fiji

Using the techniques of the historian the anthropologist and the political theorist Lawson discusses the contemporary political situation in Fiji from both a historical and theoretical viewpoint Drawing on archival material and fieldwork she traces the sources of the current divisions in Fiji to the well intentioned but ultimately misguided ambitions of colonial administrators to protect the way of life of indigenous Fijians The author comes to the provocative conclusion that Fiji has never really been a democracy in the Western sense of the word br


The New Agenda for Global Security: The Cooperating for Peace and Beyond

This study offers an incisive sometimes controversial analysis of Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans vision for peace and security in the post Cold War era The text considers basic themes of security arms control sovereignty peacekeeping sanctions the United Nations and the Third World the idea of good international citizenship and also broad ethical assumptions and problems as well as important issues which received only marginal consideration in Evans book Co operating For Peace The book concludes with a response from Gareth Evans


Some Conceptual and Empirical Issues in the Study of Regime Change, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, Tradition Versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa, Theories of International Relations: Contending Approaches to World Politics, The New Agenda for Global Security: The Cooperating for Peace and Beyond, Tradition Versus Democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga, Culture and Context in World Politics, International Relations, The New Agenda for International Relations: From Polarization to Globalization in World Politics?, The Failure of Democratic Politics in Fiji