Theories of International Relations

September 17, 2009

Authors: Scott Burchill, Andrew Linklater, Richard Devetak et al

Edition: Fourth revised

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 382

Price: £60.00 and £22.99

ISBN: 9780230219229 and 19236

The fourth edition of this well-established account of theoretical approaches to international relations has new chapters on historical sociology and international political theory. The remaining chapters, revised and updated, cover realism, liberalism, the “English School” in international relations, and the conceptual systems of Marxism, critical theory, post-structuralism, constructivism, feminism and environmentalism. Expert authors expound these complex themes clearly and informatively, in a way that should be of great value to students already initiated into the study of international relations. More might perhaps have been said on Islamism and other religious/ideological factors, or on international political economy, but overall the collection is impressively comprehensive and illuminating.

Who is it for? Advanced undergraduates specialising in international relations, and


Presentation Very systematic and helpfully designed, with numerous sub-headings, an extensive bibliography and an excellent index.

Would you recommend it? Yes, strongly.

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