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08 October 2021

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08 October 2021

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05 November 2021

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In this extensively revised edition of what has long been regarded as the very best text on IR Theory, leading experts offer us ways to make sense of international relations. Presenting a full range of theories, from...

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In this extensively revised edition of what has long been regarded as the very best text on IR Theory, leading experts offer us ways to make sense of international relations. Presenting a full range of theories, from realism, liberalism and constructivism to postcolonialism and feminism, we are offered an unparalleled insight into the main paradigms and most cutting edge thought.

The sixth edition of this text offers a more global introduction to IR, showcasing insights from across the world, and employing a historical sociological perspective throughout to demonstrate how any understanding of IR is historically- and geographically-contingent. Also new for this edition are chapters on postcolonialism and institutionalism, as well as boxed cases which apply theory to contemporary empirical examples, including gendered policy in the UN, the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, issues on migration and the crisis of the Amazon’s forest fires.

This text remains the definitive companion for all students of International Relations, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.    


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  • Covers the whole range of major theoretical approaches to the study of International Relations.
  • Each theory is presented with unrivaled depth, authored by prominent scholars in each field.
  • Encourages students to draw links between theories, show dynamism within perspectives, and apply them to make sense of what lies behind the headlines.
  • Accessible to students with no prior knowledge.


  • Extensively updated and rewritten with each perspective featured in virtually new chapters.
  • Two new chapters on postcolonialism and institutionalism, reflecting key developments in the discipline.
  • Offers a uniquely historical, global perspective throughout to shed light on theorists' implicit assumptions.
  • A new colour design with greater pedagogy that includes case studies and key concepts features throughout, an extensive glossary and expansive annotated bibliography.

1.Introduction
2.Realism
3.Liberalism
4.Postcolonialism
5.The English School
6.Marxism
7.Critical Theory
8.Feminism
9.Poststructuralism
10.Constructivism
11.Institutionalism
12.Green Politics
13.International Political Theory

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Richard Devetak is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Queensland, Australia. 

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations at Monash University, Australia.

Scott Burchill is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia. 

Andrew Linklater is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK. 

Jack Donnelly is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Political Science at University of Denver, USA.

Terry Nardin is Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa,...

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Richard Devetak is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Queensland, Australia. 

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations at Monash University, Australia.

Scott Burchill is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia. 

Andrew Linklater is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK. 

Jack Donnelly is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Political Science at University of Denver, USA.

Terry Nardin is Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Christian Reus-Smit is Professor of International Relations in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Andrew Saramago is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Toni Haastrup is Senior Lecturer in International Politics in History, Heritage and Politics at the University of Stirling, UK.

Alina Sajed is Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, Canada.

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