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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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International Relations: An Overview

International Relations: An Overview

(p.401) Chapter 16 International Relations: An Overview
A New Handbook of Political Science

Kjell Goldmann

Oxford University Press

Provides an introduction and overview to the issues and tensions in the field of international relations. Four main areas of contention are discussed. (1) What is the role of the State in world politics and how can we measure it? (2) What is the reason for research––is it theoretical or purposive? (3) How might theories contain concepts of purpose and meaning in international relations? (4) Are theories conjectures or are they instruments of power? These questions provide specific issues for international relations as theory meets practice. The result has been a fragmented discipline in purpose and in method.

Keywords:   international relations, state, world politics

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