The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

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Christian Reus-Smit, Duncan Snidal, Associate Professor of Political Science Duncan Snidal
Oxford University Press, 2008 - Всего страниц: 772
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations offers the most authoritative and comprehensive overview to date of the field of International Relations. Arguably the most impressive collection of International Relations scholars ever brought together within one volume, the Handbook debates thenature of the field itself, critically engages with the major theories, surveys a wide spectrum of methods, addresses the relationship between scholarship and policy making, and examines the field's relation with cognate disciplines. In so doing the Handbook gives readers authoritative and criticalintroductions to the subject and establish a sense of the field as a dynamic realm of argument and inquiry.The Handbook has two key and distinctive organizing principles. The first is its ground-breaking approach to the normative component in theorizing about International Relations. Earlier volumes have concentrated almost exclusively on theories as purely empirical or positive theories, with smallsub-sections left for 'ethics and International Relations'. But all International Relations theories have both empirical and normative aspects; even methodological choices entail implicit normative commitments. Without this understanding, some of the arguments in International Relations areroutinely miscast. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations offers a comprehensive survey of the field that deepens our understanding of how empirical and normative theorizing interact to constitute International Relations as a field of study.A second organizing principle is the analysis of how different perspectives have developed in relation to one another. Previousoverviews of the field have treated contending theories and methods as isolated bodies of thought, or organized them into stylized 'great debates'. But these approaches obscure the dynamic interplay, conversation, and contestation between different perspectives. The Handbook examines this interplay,with chapter authors probing how their theory or approach has been affected by contestation with, and borrowing from, other approaches. In doing so it shows how diversity within International Relations has promoted, or perhaps sometimes stultified, progress in the field.The Oxford Handbook of International Relations advances a markedly different perspective on the field of International Relations and will be essential for reading for those interested in the advanced study of global politics and international affairs.The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy,Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole is under the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguishedinternational group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series is an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines.

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Professor Reus-Smit's research focuses on the politics of international ethics and institutions, and he has published widely on issues of global governance, multilateralism, human rights, and international relations theory. Professor Reus-Smit is currently engaged in projects on Resolving International Crises of Legitimacy (funded by the British Academy and the Rockefeller Foundation), and on the role of rights politics in the development of the modern international system (funded by the Australian Research Council).
Duncan Snidal is an associate professor in the Harris School, the Department of Political Science, and chair of the Committee on International Relations. Snidal's research focuses on international relations with an emphasis on international political economy and institutions. He has worked on problems of international cooperation, including how the distribution of capability and interests affects outcomes. He is currently working on the role of international institutions, including law and formal organizations, in promoting cooperation. Snidal is also interested in applying formal techniques to policy analysis. He is director of the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) and is currently chair of the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago.


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