International Relations Theory A New Introduction. Chapter 1 Why Theorize International Relations?. Why Theory?. This chapter seeks answers to questions such as: If the objective is to understand international relations, then what can theory do for us?
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Why Theorize International Relations?
‘Good’ theories should be:
(Vasquez 1995: 230)
To achieve an adequate balance between inclusion and exclusion, this book offers six theoretical traditions:
Theoretical traditions, currents of thought and specific
individual theories can be presented in three different
The nature of international relations is historically contingent