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Theories of

International Relations and

European Integration.

An introductory summary.

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Lebenslauf – Kurzfassung

Reinhard Meyers, Jahrgang 1947, studierte Politikwissenschaft, Anglistik, und Geschichte an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität 1966 – 1970 mit dem Abschluß Magister Artium. Forschungsstipendiat der Wiener Library, London, an der Graduate School of Contemporary European Studies, University of Reading 1970 – 1972 mit dem Abschluß Master of Philosophy.

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent bei Hans-Adolf Jacobsen und Karl-Dietrich Bracher am Seminar für Politikwissenschaft der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität 1972 – 1984. Promotion zum Dr.phil. 1974; Habilitation im Fach Politikwissenschaft 1986; seit 1987 Professor für Internationale Politik und Außenpolitik an der Westfälischen Wilhelms - Universität.

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Die Forschungsinteressen galten ursprünglich der Geschichte der internationalen Beziehungen und der Sicherheitspolitik im 20. Jahrhundert; daneben trat aber schon vor der Habilitation die Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Lehre von den Internationalen Beziehungen sowie deren Epistemologie, Methodologie und Theorie. Seit den achtziger Jahren wird dieser Schwerpunkt ergänzt durch Arbeiten zur Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, seit den neunziger Jahren auch zur Europapolitik.

Seit 1991 mehrfach Prodekan und Dekan des Fachbereichs Sozial-wissenschaften der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, seit Oktober 1997 Ehrendoktor der Fakultät für Europastudien der Babes-Bolyai Universität Klausenburg. Mitgründer und seit 1993 Mitherausgeber der Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. Programmbeauftragter für die internationalen Doppeldiplomstudiengänge mit dem IEP Lille, der BBU Klausenburg (RO) und der Universiteit Twente (NL)

Hobbies: Industriearchäologie des Transportwesens, italienische Küche

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My email address:

  • [email protected]

    …whatever you do – don‘t forget the little r behind the meyers – otherwise you‘ll end up with Silke Meyer‘s email account (and she is often in London)

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1) What are and why do we deal with theories?

  • Grand Theories and Theoretical Debates in International Relations and European Integration - a birds‘ eye view

    3) Consequences of different inter-national and integration theories: differences of scientific world views

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Subjects and Dates

Monday, April 20, 2009:

Introductory Hints, Semester Subjects, Tasks to be fulfilled

Monday, April 27, 2009:

Reading Week: IR Theory – An Outline (leave your email – we send you some stuff…)

Monday, May 4, 2009:

Concepts and Functions of „Theory“ :

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Subjects and Dates(2)

Monday, May 11, 2009:

Different World Views of IR – A scientific ontology - Case Study: The first Great Debate between Idealism and Realism

Monday, May 18, 2009:

Different Methodologies of IR - Case Study: The second Great Debate bet-ween Traditionalism & Scientism

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Subjects and Dates(3)

Monday, May 25, 2009:

Reading Week II: Theories of cooperation and integration: an outline

Monday, June 1, 2009

Whitsun Holidays

Monday, June 8, 2009:

Cooperation Theories: Functional Necessities versus the Shadow of the Future

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Subjects and Dates(4)

Monday, June 15, 2009:

Integration Theory: Federalism

Monday, June 22, 2009:

Integration Theory: Functionalism & Neofunctionalism

Monday, June 29, 2009:

Integration Theory: Multi-Level Governance

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Subjects and Dates(5)

Monday, July 6, 2009:

Integration Theory: Policy Networks

Monday, July 13, 2009:

Integration Theory: Historical and New Institutionalism

Monday, July 20, 2009:

Integration Theory: Social Constructivism

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Biblíography of Works to be Reviewed – SS 09:

  • choose one, analyse the main premisses, arguments, and conclusions of the work chosen, inform yourself about the author, his other main works, his reception in the field, and the effect his writings had on the study of International Relations

  • Kenneth W. Thompson (ed.): Masters of International Thought. Major Twentieth-Century Theorists and the World Crisis. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP 1980

  • Iver B.Neumann/Ole Waever (eds.): The Future of International Relations. Masters in the Making ? London: Routledge 1997

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  • Classical Authors of International Relations

  • Raymond Aron: Frieden und Krieg. Eine Theorie der Staatenwelt. Frankfurt/Main: S. Fischer 1963 [or the French edition: Paix et Guerre entre les nations. Paris : Calmann-Lévy 1962]

  • Hedley Bull: The Anarchical Society. A Study of Order in World Politics. 3. Aufl.Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2002

  • Edward Hallett Carr: The Twenty Years’ Crisis 1919 – 1939. An Introduction to the Study of International Relations. 2.Aufl. London: Macmillan 1974

  • Barry Buzan/Richard Little: International Systems in World History. Remaking the Study of International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000

  • F.H.Hinsley: Power and the Pursuit of Peace. Theory and Practice in the History of Relations between States. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P. 1967

  • Stanley Hoffmann: Janus and Minerva. Essays in the Theory and Practice of International Politics. Boulder & London: Westview Press 1987

  • Hans J. Morgenthau: Politics Among Nations. New York: Alfred A.Knopf 1960

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Classical Authors of I.R. (2)

  • Edward L.Morse: Modernization and the Transformation of International Relations. New York: Free Press 1976

  • Kenneth N. Waltz: Man, the state and war. A theoretical analysis. New York: Columbia UP 1959

  • Adam Watson: The Evolution of International Society. A comparative historical analysis. London: Routledge 1992

  • Martin Wight: International Theory. The three traditions, ed. Gabriele Wight & Brian Porter. Leicester: Leicester U.P. 1991

  • Quincy Wright: The Study of International Relations. New York: Appleton-Century Crofts 1955

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Introductions, Overviews and Critiques of IR Theory

John Baylis/Steve Smith (eds.): The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford UP 2008 [Please buy/use ONLY the FOURTH EDITION !]

  • Scott Burchill/Andrew Linklater (eds.): Theories of International Relations. Basingstoke: 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan 2005

  • Tim Dunne/Milja Kurki/Steve Smith (eds.): International Relations Theories. Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007 – RECOMMENDED TEXT FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

  • James E.Dougherty/Robert L.Pfaltzgraff, Jr.: Contending Theories of International Relations. A comprehensive survey. 5th ed. New York: Longman 2001

  • Jim George: Discourses of Global Politics: A critical (re)introduction to International Relations. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publ. 1994

  • Martin Hollis/Steve Smith: Explaining and Understanding International Relations. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1990

  • Robert Jackson/Georg Sorensen: Introduction to International Relations. Theories and approaches. 3.Aufl. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007 RECOMMENDED TEXT FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

  • Charles W.Kegley, Jr. (ed.): Controversies in International Relations Theory. Realism and the Neoliberal Challenge. New York: St. Martin’s Press 1996

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Introductions, Overviews and Critiques of IR Theory (2)

  • Gert Krell: Weltbilder und Weltordnung. Einführung in die Theorie der internationalen Beziehungen. 2.Aufl. Baden-Baden: Nomos 2003

  • Siegfried Schieder/Manuela Spindler (eds.): Theorien der Internationalen Beziehungen. 2. überarb. Aufl. Opladen: Leske & Budrich 2006

  • Steve Smith/Ken Booth/Marysia Zalewski (eds.): International theory: Positivism and beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P. 1996

  • Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.): Making Sense of International Relations Theory. Boulder & London: Lienne Rienner 2006 RECOMMENDED TEXT FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

  • John A. Vasquez: The Power of Power Politics. From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P. 1998

  • Cynthia Weber: International Relations Theory. A critical Introduction. London: Routledge 2001

  • Ngaire Woods (ed.): Explaining International Relations Since 1945. Oxford: Oxford U.P. 1996

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Introductions to and Overviews of Integration Theories

  • Ben Rosamond: Theories of European Integration. Basingstoke: Macmillan 2000

  • Antje Wiener/Thomas Diez: European Integration Theory. Repr. Oxford: OUP 2005

  • Thomas Christiansen et al (eds.): The Social Construction of Europe. London: Sage 2001

  • Hans-Jürgen Bieling/Marika Lerch (eds.): Theorien der europäischen Integration. 2. Aufl. Wiesbaden, VS-Verlag 2006

  • Katharina Holzinger et al.: Die Europäische Union. Theorien und Analysekonzepte. Paderborn: Schöningh/UTB 2005

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  • Other works recommended for occasional reading/browsing

  • Michael Banks (ed.): Conflict in World Society. A new perspective on international relations. Brighton: Wheatsheaf 1984

  • Tim Dunne/Michael Cox/Ken Booth (eds.): The Eighty Years’ Crisis. International Relations 1919 – 1999. Cambridge: Cambridge UP 1998

  • A.J.R. Groom/Margot Light (eds.): Contemporary International Relations. A Guide to Theory. London: Pinter 1994

  • Margot Light/A.J.R. Groom (eds.): International Relations. A Handbook of Current Theory. London: Pinter 1985

  • Andrew Linklater: Beyond Realism and Marxism. Critical Theory and International Relations. Basingstoke: Macmillan 1990

  • Ulrich Menzel/Katharina Varga: Theorie und Geschichte der Lehre von den Internationalen Beziehungen. Einführung und systematische Bibliographie. Hamburg: Deutsches Übersee-Institut 1999

  • Reinhard Meyers: Die Lehre von den Internationalen Beziehungen. Ein entwicklungsgeschichtlicher Überblick. 2.Aufl. Königstein/Ts. 1981

  • Mark Neufeld: The Restructuring of International Relations Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge UP 1995

  • William C. Olson/A.J.R. Groom: International Relations Then And Now. Origins and Trends in Interpretation. London: HarperCollinsAcademic 1991

  • Trevor Taylor (ed.): Approaches and Theory in International Relations. London: Longman 1978

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