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The fully updated and revised third edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field including an entirely new chapter on Realism by Jack Donnelly. The introduction explains the nature of theory and the reasons for studying international relations in a theoretically informed way. The nine chapters which follow - written The fully updated and revised third edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field including an entirely new chapter on Realism by Jack Donnelly. The introduction explains the nature of theory and the reasons for studying international relations in a theoretically informed way. The nine chapters which follow - written by leading scholars in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK - provide thorough examinations of each of the major approaches currently prevailing in the discipline.


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The fully updated and revised third edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field including an entirely new chapter on Realism by Jack Donnelly. The introduction explains the nature of theory and the reasons for studying international relations in a theoretically informed way. The nine chapters which follow - written The fully updated and revised third edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field including an entirely new chapter on Realism by Jack Donnelly. The introduction explains the nature of theory and the reasons for studying international relations in a theoretically informed way. The nine chapters which follow - written by leading scholars in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK - provide thorough examinations of each of the major approaches currently prevailing in the discipline.

30 review for Theories of International Relations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Moomen Sallam

    كتاب ممتاز للمتخصصين لمتابعة اخر ما وصلت له نظريات العلاقات الدولية، ولغير المتخصصين للتعرف على كيفية تحليل العلاقات الدولة بعيدا عن نظريات المؤامرة، خاصة أن الكتاب يقدم الإطار النظري لبعض المفاهيم التى تستخدمهاالدول القمعية للتدليل على وجود مؤامرة ضد الدولة مثل نشر الديمقراطية والتدخل الانساني والحرب العادلة والعدالة الدولية والعدالة العالمية والتنمية المستدامة، ولامقاربات البيئية والنسوية لتحليل العلاقات الدولية. كتاب للدراسة وليس فقط للقراءة.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yunia Damayanti

    International Relations for life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    class text book. it's dense but great supplemental material to understanding International Relations (IR) Theory. however, I wouldn't say it's intro material--someone who has zip knowledge of IR theory might have a painful time unraveling this one. includes: chart of IR acronyms explanations of: Realism Liberalism/Kant The English School Marx/Marxism Historical Sociology Critical Theory Post-Structuralism Constructivism Feminism Green Politics International Political Theory

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Matsuoka

    I found a few chapters (i.e. the ones that covered poststructuralism, feminism, green politics, and international political theory) to be revelationary and revolutionary. Other than that, though, I was over reading this book long before I was close to being done. I've read other IR theory books that are much more engaging. However the idea of shedding light on these underrated veins of IR theory is right on. Can't really say I enjoyed this book, and I look forward to selling it on Amazon. :P

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catalina

    Some of the more interesting schools of thought are missing from this edition, such as post-colonialism. Some of the articles are written in rather superfluous language, and many of them have big, redundant chunks of writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tara van Beurden

    This book was the prescribed text for a course I did last year for my International Relations Masters. It’s very readable for a text book, so needless to say, I read it, and quite enjoyed it. It gives a good summary of a variety of theories – I found the strong focus on the international relations aspect very helpful, so as not to confuse in my head these theories in their sociological context (where relevant!). I have come back to this book a variety of times while writing subsequent assignment This book was the prescribed text for a course I did last year for my International Relations Masters. It’s very readable for a text book, so needless to say, I read it, and quite enjoyed it. It gives a good summary of a variety of theories – I found the strong focus on the international relations aspect very helpful, so as not to confuse in my head these theories in their sociological context (where relevant!). I have come back to this book a variety of times while writing subsequent assignments (I was particularly glad I had read this book, and studied the related subject, when I started my International Relations courses for the recently completed semester, which expected me to have a solid grasp of the concepts set out in this book). I am also pleased that my decision to read the complete book, rather than just the prescribed chapters, paid off, as I topped the class! A very valuable read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danu Poyner

    As others have noted, the chief value in this book is its treatment of less dominant approaches such as critical theory, feminism and green theory. These are well-written and researched and throw down significant challenges to the dominant approaches, which it would have been nice to hear responses to. Overall however it declines to draw any weighty conclusions or offer a synthesis regarding the discipline or its object of study from the various perspectives it surveys. Some will no doubt find t As others have noted, the chief value in this book is its treatment of less dominant approaches such as critical theory, feminism and green theory. These are well-written and researched and throw down significant challenges to the dominant approaches, which it would have been nice to hear responses to. Overall however it declines to draw any weighty conclusions or offer a synthesis regarding the discipline or its object of study from the various perspectives it surveys. Some will no doubt find this appropriate in a textbook; others such as myself may find that opting to take no position is still taking a position of sorts, and an ultimately unsatisfying one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arys Aditya

    Ini buku yang menemani usia saya berkuliah di Hubungan Internasional. Sebagai pengantar teoritik, simulasi alat penelitian, dan referensi untuk melangkah lebih jauh ke teori yang diminati. Kabar bahagianya, buku ini telah diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Indonesia.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

    This is a valuable resource, primarily because most of the chapters are devoted to perspectives outside of mainstream IR theory (critical theory, postmodernism, feminism, et al.), although it covers neo-realism and neo-liberalism as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bchara

    As somehow an outsider to the field, trying to form a certain comprehension of IR theories, i took on the endeavor of reading several books about the topic. This book is a collective work, containing 10 chapters by several authors. First remark: the difference in style between the several authors is very obvious. While some are able to present their ideas in rather intelligible sentences, others hide behind undecipherable formulas (mostly, the second half of the last chapter). An other remark re As somehow an outsider to the field, trying to form a certain comprehension of IR theories, i took on the endeavor of reading several books about the topic. This book is a collective work, containing 10 chapters by several authors. First remark: the difference in style between the several authors is very obvious. While some are able to present their ideas in rather intelligible sentences, others hide behind undecipherable formulas (mostly, the second half of the last chapter). An other remark related to the authors: some are able to objectively expose their topic (for eg., the chapters on critical theory, postmodernism, constructivism), others seem too connected to it - and therefore less critical, while others, such as the author of the chapter on Realism, says upfront he is opposed to realism: this chapter was not convincing, as i had before read a collection of papers by Waltz, in which he answered - convincingly - criticism against neo-realism. This means some theories like realism took on a good bashing while others like feminism were barely criticized. On an other side, as someone used to legal literature, what i found quite annoying is the focus made on authors, as if there is no way to study political science outside of author’s works. This shows clearly in the last 2 chapters, probably because these theories are more recent (for instance, almost a third of the last chapter is a review of one author’s book). Maybe this book is destined to specialists, and requires certain prerequisites, i don’t know. But in general, for a beginner, it is quite complicated, the treatment of the different theories is uneven (in style, in the degree of criticism, in the approach itself). And the use of the very complicated terms and formulas (reaching their climax in the last pages on green theories) reminded me of a french saying: what is well conceived, is expressed clearly...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Probo Darono Yakti

    Buku ini merupakan bacaan wajib bagi para calon sarjana maupun sarjana HI mengingat di dalamnya banyak sekali kandungan teori yang menjadi bahan bagi kita untuk memahami perdebatan yang membangun subjek ini. Mulai dari realisme, liberalisme, marxisme, perspektif neo, posmodernisme, strukturalisme, teori kritis, feminisme, hingga teori hijau. Penjabarannya memang cukup rumit sehingga butuh konsentrasi penuh dalam membaca buku ini. Alasan saya memberi bintang tiga, saya kurang begitu suka dengan v Buku ini merupakan bacaan wajib bagi para calon sarjana maupun sarjana HI mengingat di dalamnya banyak sekali kandungan teori yang menjadi bahan bagi kita untuk memahami perdebatan yang membangun subjek ini. Mulai dari realisme, liberalisme, marxisme, perspektif neo, posmodernisme, strukturalisme, teori kritis, feminisme, hingga teori hijau. Penjabarannya memang cukup rumit sehingga butuh konsentrasi penuh dalam membaca buku ini. Alasan saya memberi bintang tiga, saya kurang begitu suka dengan versi terjemahan Nusamedia. Meskipun buku ini merupakan buku induk mahasiswa HI dan layak baca.

  12. 4 out of 5

    أبو محمد

    موسوعي، غير أنه مُعاب بشبه التغييب لنقاش الحوارات الأربعة ومعركة المناهج، وبالطبع -وهذا راجع لتاريخ وضعه- يوجد غياب للحوار الخامس في الحقل، والمتعلق باستخدام نظرية الكم من قبل أمثال وينت. الترجمة محترمة صحيحة ليست مبعثرة، لكنها ثقيلة الظل كذلك إلى حد ما. مع التنبيه لأجنبية الفصل الأخير في ترجمته عن باقي الكتاب، وأكاد أوقن أن الدكتور صفار لم يترجمه، فالأغلاط كثيرة. وهو، في العربية، أحد كتابين من الواجب على دارس العلاقات الدولية أن يكون حافظًا لهما.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book would get five stars if it wasn’t for the fact that I need to use a dictionary to understand it and that it makes my brain go soft because the sentences are so complicated. It’s a shame because the content is so good but very inaccessible.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ananya Rajput

    I want to read this book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fred Ysw

    Every student of IR should know this book by heart

  16. 5 out of 5

    I McLean

    Solid intro to IR. Painfully lacking in the chapters on realism

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rodger

    I assigned this textbook for my spring 2011 master's seminar on international relations. I've frequently used prior editions, though this version includes both updated and new chapters. The additions focus on Historical Sociology and International Political Theory. My students are typically frustrated by the abstraction and breadth of the field reflected in this book's offerings.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Since this was required reading for me, I do have some mixed feelings. On one had, it was great at teaching me these theories. On the other, it seemed to repeat itself far too often & seemed unnecessarily wordy at times. Since this was required reading for me, I do have some mixed feelings. On one had, it was great at teaching me these theories. On the other, it seemed to repeat itself far too often & seemed unnecessarily wordy at times.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paulina Krumin

    Comprehensive overview of international relations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bipin Kc

    its a valuable book for the research

  21. 5 out of 5

    SpaceBear

    Its on the theories of international relations

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matiullah Shah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i wanna read this book now and i will stay blessed forever....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cecile

    ha.ha.ha.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jim Moirangthem

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jantine de Haan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dermot Nolan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  29. 4 out of 5

    Konrad Mazurek

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pelin

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