The end of International Relations theory?

Dunne, Tim, Hansen, Lene and Wight, Colin (2013) The end of International Relations theory?. European Journal of International Relations, 19 3: 405-425. doi:10.1177/1354066113495485

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Author Dunne, Tim
Hansen, Lene
Wight, Colin
Title The end of International Relations theory?
Journal name European Journal of International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-0661
Publication date 2013-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1354066113495485
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 405
End page 425
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
With a view to providing contextual background for the Special Issue, this opening article analyses several dimensions of ‘The end of International Relations theory?’ It opens with a consideration of the status of different types of theory. Thereafter, we look at the proliferation of theories that has taken place since the emergence of the third/fourth debate. The coexistence and competition between an ever-greater number of theories begs the question: what kind of theoretical pluralism should IR scholars embrace? We offer a particular account of theoretical engagement that is preferable to the alternatives currently being practised: integrative pluralism. The article ends on a cautiously optimistic note: given the disciplinary competition that now exists in relation to explaining and understanding global social forces, International Relations may find resilience because it has become theory-led, theory-literate and theory-concerned.
Keyword Great debates
International Relations theory
Meta theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 19 Sep 2013, 21:16:50 EST by Professor Tim Dunne on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies