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Reform in China and Russia: A Comparative Perspective  

John James Kennedy and Mariya Y. Omelicheva

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
After years of communism and central planning, Russia and China embarked on broad transformations from planned to market economy and limited political liberalization reforms. Chinese ... More

Regime Theory  

Raymond Hopkins and Benjamin Meiches

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Nov 2012
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Jan 2018
The term “international regime” was originally used to describe formal agreements between states, but the concept has since evolved after going through considerable critique and ... More

Responding to Refugee and Humanitarian Crises  

Georg von Kalckreuth and Daniel Warner

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
The term “refugee crisis” is used throughout the literature to refer to situations where large numbers of refugees or displaced persons more generally are present, whereas “humanitarian ... More

Russian Theory of International Relations  

Andrei P. Tsygankov and Pavel A. Tsygankov

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Unique features of Russia’s perspectives on international politics as practice can be obtained quite clearly through the investigation of the debates on Russian foreign policy ... More

Sea Power  

Eric Grove

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
“Sea power” refers to the power exerted by a state through its capacity to use the sea for both military and civilian purposes. The ability to use the seas for transport and other civilian ... More

Sovereignty as a Problematic Conceptual Core  

Rosemary E. Shinko

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
The concept of sovereignty has been the subject of vigorous debate among scholars. Sovereignty presents the discipline of international law with a host of theoretical and material problems ... More

Spatial and Temporal Interdependence  

Michael Colaresi and Jude C. Hays

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Time and space are two dimensions that are likely to provide the paths—either singly or in tandem—by which international policy decisions are interdependent. There are several reasons to ... More

Statistical Analysis of International Interdependencies  

Michael D. Ward

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
The origin of the statistical analysis of international relations can be traced back to 1920s with the work of Quincy Wright, who founded the University of Chicago’s Committee on ... More

Structural Realism/Offensive and Defensive Realism  

Steven E. Lobell

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Structural realism, or neorealism, is a theory of international relations that says power is the most important factor in international relations. First outlined by Kenneth Waltz in his ... More

Teaching International Relations Theory  

Craig Douglas Albert

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
International relations (IR) theory is favorably described in almost every syllabus since 1930. The most important questions asked were: “What is theory?” and “Is there a reason for IR ... More

Technology and International Relations  

Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Throughout history, technology has played a significant role in international relations (IR). Technological development is an important factor underlying much of humanity’s social, ... More

The Third Debate and Postpositivism  

Thierry Balzacq and Stéphane J. Baele

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Dec 2014
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Dec 2017
International Relations (IR) theory has undergone a series of debates which have left profound changes on the discipline as a whole. These debates, though highly influential, have still ... More

Transnational Actors  

Markus Thiel and Jeffrey Maslanik

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Mar 2010
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Nov 2017
“Transnational” is a frequently mentioned key word in international relations today; it is used to denote in a simplifying manner an organization working beyond state boundaries and acting ... More

Universals and Particulars in International Relations Theory  

Anupam Pandey and Fiona Robinson

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
One of the most vigorous debates within the discipline of international relations (IR) revolves around the “universal/particular” dichotomy: the tensions between worldviews that emphasize ... More

What is Theory?  

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
The concept of theory takes part in a conceptual network occupied by some of the most common subjects of European Enlightenment, such as “science” and “reason.” Generally speaking, a ... More

World Society, World-Polity Theory, and International Relations  

John Boli, Selina Gallo-Cruz, and Matt Mathias

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Jan 2011
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Jan 2018
World-polity theory is a widely used sociological perspective for the analysis of world culture, organization, and change. Also known as world-society theory, global neo-institutionalism, ... More

World System History  

Robert A. Denemark

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
World system history is a perspective on the global sociopolitical and economic system with a structural, long-term and transdisciplinary nature. The intellectual origins of the study of ... More

World System in the Information Age  

Joachim K. Rennstich

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
The global world system is essentially comprised of a variety of complex intraorganizational and interorganizational networks (or “webs”) intersecting with geographical networks structured ... More

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