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Author Rosenau, James.

Title Thinking Theory Thoroughly : Coherent Approaches to an Incoherent World
Edition 2nd ed
Published Boulder : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Tables and Figures; Preface; 1 The Need for Theory; Moving Up the Ladder of Abstraction; The Refinements of Theory; Toward the Higher Rungs; 2 The Realist Paradigm; Realism, Neorealism, and Idealism; The Main Assumptions of Realist Theory; The Modern International System; Interests and Power; System Polarity; Attributes of the Balance of Power; Cooperation and Realism; Change in International Politics; Conclusion; 3 The Liberal Paradigm; Security Communities and the End of the Cold War
8 The Politics of the AntarcticThe Realist Interpretation; The Postinternationalist View; The Liberal Interpretation; Conclusion; 9 Toward Thinking Theory Thoroughly; Nine Preconditions for Creative Theorizing; Conclusion: Bringing It All Together; Notes; Name Index; Subject Index
Domestic-Foreign BoundariesTechnology and Media of Communications; Law; Coalition Formation; States' Management of the Global Economy; States' Role in Protecting Individuals from Globalization; Sensitivity to Change; Conclusion; 6 Interactive Crises: International, Domestic, and Individual; Essential Characteristics of Crises; International, Domestic, and Individual Crises; Interpreting Crises; Conclusion; 7 The United Nations; History and Development; State Sovereignty and U.N. Autonomy; The U.N. as an Actor; The U.N. as an Administrative Organization; Conclusion
Late Cold War Arguments for the Ease of Cooperation: InterdependenceAfter the Cold War: Structural Liberalism; State-Society Liberalism; The Pleasures and Paradoxes of Liberalism; 4 Postinternationalism in a Turbulent World; Toward a New Paradigm; The Turbulence Paradigm; The Sources of Global Turbulence; Conclusion; 5 Realism, Liberalism, and Postinternationalism Compared; The Appeal of Theory; Units of Action; Global Structures; State Sovereignty; State Structures; Societal Structures; Role of Citizens; Concerns of Collectivities; Competitive Orientations; Conceptions of Power; Use of Force
Summary Think theory is thoroughly removed from explaining international crises such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and Korea? Think again! James Rosenau and Mary Durfee have teamed up to show how the same events take on different coloration depending on the theory used to explain them. In order to better understand world politics, the authors maintain, theory does make a difference. Thinking Theory Thoroughly is a primer for all kinds of readers who want to begin theorizing about international relations (IR) In this second edition, realism (the dominant theoretical perspective in IR), postinternationalism (Rosenau's famed turbulence paradigm), and liberalism are treated together in a chapter that compares them along various analytic dimensions, which makes the book even more useful. In this new edition, the order and content of case chapters have been changed to better reflect the ways theory can be used to organize empirical material. The chapter on crises, which is now at the beginning, shows how systemic theories might cope with problems and evidence of a more local and temporally constrained nature. A chapter on the U.N. illustrates how systemic theories can cope with institutions, and the last chapter, on Antarctica, delineates how systemic theories can be used to generate hypotheses that then demand different kinds of evidence
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Subject International relations.
Form Electronic book
Author Durfee, Mary.
ISBN 042997387X