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Copertina Classic Works in International Relations
collana "Itinerari"
978-88-15-33289-9
anno di pubblicazione 2017
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FILIPPO ANDREATTA (a cura di)

Classic Works in International Relations

This edited handbook offers an original overview of main themes in International Relations (IR) by focusing on those books that may be considered "classic works" in the field of international politics. In particular, extended reviews of major volumes in IR Theory are presented in the volume, balancing different theoretical orientations (Realism and Neorealism, Liberalism and Liberal Institutionalism, Constructivism, Foreign Policy Analysis and the English School) and discussing some of the main debates that shaped IR theory in the Twentieth Century. The volume represents a quick and accessible tool to explore the development of IR studies from their inception to the contemporary era, highlighting ideas, paradigms and worldviews that influenced scholarly thinking as well as great powers’ foreign policy over the last decades. Each chapter follows a standard format, providing information on the historical context in which the book was written, on the author’s intellectual background, and outlining the book’s main themes, its impact on the discipline and its reception in the literature. The volume is particularly suitable for graduate and undergraduate IR students, but it’s also valuable for any other social science expert who want to have a concise sketch of the most important books in IR literature as well as for people who are just curious about the main topics in international politics.

Table of contents: Introduction. International Relations in the 21st Century. - I. Norman Angell: The Illusion of War. - II. Edward Carr: Utopia and Reality. - III. Hans Morgenthau: The Struggle for Power and Peace. - IV. Thomas Schelling: Game theory, Deterrence and Strategic Behaviour. - V. Raymond Aron: Peace and War. A Sociological Account of International Relations. - VI. Graham Allison: Conceptual Frameworks of Foreign Policy Decision Making. - VII. Hedley Bull: In Search of International Order. - VIII. Kenneth Waltz, Anarchy and International Politics. - IX. Robert Gilpin: Hegemonic Stability and War. - X. Robert Keohane: The Promises of Cooperation. - XI. George Liska: The Revenge of History. - XII. Samuel Huntington: Civilizations in Conflict. - XIII. Alexander Wendt: The Social Construction of International Politics. - XIV. Bruce Russett and John Oneal: Investigating the Liberal Legacy. - XV. Stahis Kalyvas: Making Sense of Senseless Violence.

Filippo Andreatta is Full Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna (since 2005), Department of Political and Social Sciences, teaching International Politics, Strategic Studies, and Visiting Professor at the School of International Studies, University of Trento (since 2014).

 Introduction. International Relations in the 21st Century
I. Norman Angell: The Illusion of War.
1. The philosophical bases of traditions
2. The four periods of international relations theory
3. Epistemological perspectives
3. Alternative approaches for the future
II. Edward Carr: Utopia and Reality
1. Introduction
2. “Pars costruens”: peaceful change and the capital/labour analogy
3. Force and legitimacy: the necessary conditions
4. “Pars destruens”: the roots of utopia and the axe of realism
5. The illusion of realism? The critical reception of the book
III. Hans Morgenthau: The Struggle for Power and Peace
1. Introduction
2. The struggle for power
3. Limitations of power: the balance of power
4. Peace through accommodation
5. Peace through transformation: the world state
6. National interest and power politics
Other works by Morgenthau
IV. Thomas Schelling: Game theory, Deterrence and Strategic Behaviour
1. Introduction
2. Schelling and strategic realism
3. Strategy of Conflict and strategic interaction
4. Re-orienting game theory
5. Deterrence, surveillance and arms control
6. Reception of the book and Schelling’s legacy
V. Raymond Aron: Peace and War. A Sociological Account of International Relations
1. Introduction
2. The sociology of war
3. Key theoretical concepts in international relations
4. The antinomies of diplomatic conduct: toward a reasonable policy
5. Reception of the work and main criticisms
VI. Graham Allison: Conceptual Frameworks of Foreign Policy Decision Making
1. Introduction
2. FPA and IR
3. Three models for analyzing foreign policy
4. Why did the Soviet Union attempt to place offensive missiles in Cuba?
5. Why did the United States choose to respond to the Soviet missile emplacement with a blockade of Cuba?
6. Why did the Soviet Union withdraw the missiles?
Conclusions
VII. Hedley Bull: In Search of International Order
1. Introduction
2. The origins of the book and its reception
3. The grotian tradition: the idea of an international society
4. International order and the anarchical society
5. Rules and institutions of the anarchical society
6. After the anarchical society
VIII. Kenneth Waltz, Anarchy and International Politics
1. Introduction
2. International science, structural theory and the balance of power
3. The continuity of the Theory of International Politics and its change
IX. Robert Gilpin: Hegemonic Stability and War
1. Introduction
2. The nature of systemic change
3. Systemic equilibrium
4. The transition to disequilibrium
5. Correcting the imbalance
6. Expectations about the future
7. The response to Gilpin
8. The legacy of war and change
X. Robert Keohane: The Promises of Cooperation
1. Introduction
2. After Hegemony
3. Reception of the book
XI. George Liska: The Revenge of History
1. Introduction
2. International systems in time and space
3. Physics and tragedy in international systems
4. The critique of international relations
5. The book’s reception
XII. Samuel Huntington: Civilizations in Conflict
1. Introduction
2. The Clash of Civilization
3. Reception of the book
XIII. Alexander Wendt: The Social Construction of International Politics
1. Introduction
2. The ontology of the international system: the critique of materialism
3. The three cultures of anarchy
4. From the international system to culture, via the anarchical society
5. Uncertainty and change
XIV. Bruce Russett and John Oneal: Investigating the Liberal Legacy
1. Introduction
2. Back to Kant
3. The theory and practice of peaceful triangulations in the post-Cold War era: liberalism strikes back
4. The book’s framework and democratic peace: empirical evidence and debates
5. Economic interdependence and peace: reassessing the steadiest path
6. The “peaceful union” amid Kantian synergies and clashes of civilizations
7. Beyond the post-Cold War era: all over again?
8. Conclusion: the virtues of an imperfect triangulation and the future of the liberal legacy
XV. Stahis Kalyvas: Making Sense of Senseless Violence
1. Introduction
2. Civil wars: at the “centre-stage” of international politics?
3. A theory of violence in civil wars
4. Advancing knowledge in civil wars’ research

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