Rethinking International Relations


Rethinking International Relations is both an argument for a fresh theoretical approach to International Relations and an application of that theory to the changes in the international system brought about by the end of the Cold War. Fred Halliday's wide-ranging review identifies an impasse in International Relations theory: if debate has long revolved around the question of the state, and around a set of methodological issues, Halliday seeks to break through this double impasse by a new theorization of the role of the state, and by a critique of major contenders in the analytic field -- English realism, American behaviouralism, neo-realism, and post-modernism. By critical discussions of a range of questions -- state, society, revolution, women -- and a reconsideration of the place of Marxism in the study of the 'international,' the author advances an argument that is both theoretically innovative and which encompasses the major upheavals of the past decade. Rethinking International Relations opens a new chapter both in International Relations theory and in our understanding of contemporary international politics.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Vancouver, B.C.
Publication year:
  • 1994


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