Thinking Theory Thoroughly

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813325941
  • ISBN: 0813325943
  • Publisher: Westview Press


Rosenau, James N., Durfee, Mary


Think that theory is thoroughly removed from explaining international crises such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and Korea? Think again! James Rosenau and Mary Durfee have teamed up to show that the same events take on different coloration depending on the theory used to explain them. In order to better understand world politics, the authors maintain, theorydoesmake a difference.Thinking Theory Thoroughlyis a primer for all kinds of readers who want to begin theorizing about international relations (IR). Using realismthe dominant theoretical perspective in IRand postinternationalism (Rosenau's famed turbulence paradigm) as oppositional models, the authors take us up the ladder of theory-building step by step and ask key questions along the way: Of what is this an instance? What underlying dynamic of world politics does it reflect? What different explanations might realists and postinternationalists offer?Case studies on the U.N. and Antarctica are developed with an eye to their theoretical dimensions. Then a chapter on international crisesencompassing the Cuban missile crisis; protests in Tiananmen Square; and refugee flights from Haiti, Cuba, and Rwaows how theories, and theorists, are tested in situations characterized by surprise, short timelines, and disrupted decisionmaking.Rosenau, James N. is the author of 'Thinking Theory Thoroughly' with ISBN 9780813325941 and ISBN 0813325943.

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