An introduction to international relations theory : by Jill Steans; et al

By Jill Steans; et al

This variation has been absolutely up to date and revised through the unique authors in addition to new individuals of the writer staff. every one bankruptcy builds up an figuring out of different methods of taking a look at global politics and relations.

content material: creation 1. Liberalism 2. Realism three. Structuralism four. serious idea five. Postmodernism 6. Feminist views 7. Social Constructivism eight. eco-friendly views Conclusions, Key Debates and New instructions thesaurus of key or challenge terms
summary: This variation has been totally up-to-date and revised by means of the unique authors in addition to new contributors of the writer workforce. every one bankruptcy builds up an realizing of different methods of taking a look at global politics and relatives

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A new generation of scholars was deeply interested in schemes which would promote cooperative relations among states and allow the realisation of a just and peaceful international order, such as the fledgling League of Nations (see World Example Box, pp. 33–4). This liberal or idealist enterprise rested on the beliefs that people in general are inherently good and have no interest in prosecuting wars with one another. Furthermore, people suffer greatly as a consequence of war and thus desire dialogue over belligerence.

One of the most celebrated works on the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man (see Further reading) contained much which would have been familiar to Kant. Fukuyama’s dramatic phrase ‘end of history’ is not intended to imply that we face some apocalyptic future. On the contrary, in simple terms, Fukuyama argues that human history has been driven by conflict and struggle over value systems and different ways to organise human societies. The driving force behind the Cold War was the ideological struggle between East and West, communism and capitalism.

The government of Iran does have a number of characteristics of traditional republics, such as popular elections, parliamentarians, political parties and a constitution. However, it also has branches of government which are not secular, but instead are directly concerned with religious matters. Furthermore, within the governing mechanisms in Iran exists an ulema (body of educated religious scholars and lawyers). The ulema are technically separate from the Iranian government and operate as ‘advisors’ or ‘consultants’ to it.

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