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The Practice Turn in International Relations Theory  

Jérémie Cornut

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Dec 2015
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Nov 2017
The “practice turn” in international relations (IR) refers to those scholars that explicitly take practices as a category of analysis in one way or another. This notion implies three ... More

Private Military and Security Companies  

Berenike Prem and Elke Krahmann

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
While early private military and security companies (PMSCs) were likened to mercenaries, today most scholars agree that PMSCs constitute a new phenomenon. They are organized as legitimate ... More

Progress in the Democratic Peace Research Agenda  

Steve Chan

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
According to the democratic peace theory, democracies are hesitant to engage in armed conflict with other identified democracies. Contrary to theories explaining war engagement, it is a ... More

Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis  

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Prospect theory is one of the most influential behavioral theories in the international relations (IR) field, particularly among scholars of security studies, political psychology, and ... More

Psychology and Security  

Jonathan Mercer

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Psychology plays a key role in the success of strategy and is therefore important to the study of international security. There are four general approaches to the psychology of strategy. ... More

Public Goods in International Politics  

Brian Urlacher

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Jan 2011
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Dec 2017
Public goods represent a particular challenge in international politics that has been linked to problems as diverse as alliance politics, environmental governance, and global currency ... More

Public Opinion in Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration  

Adam Luedtke

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
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Identity
Ethnicity, nationalism, and migration are popular topics in many academic disciplines, but research on public opinion in these areas has suffered from a lack of good data, disciplinary ... More

The Public Sphere  

Benjamin Herborth and Oliver Kessler

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
The term “public” is predominantly used in International Relations (IR), often appearing as an attribute in collocations such as “public goods” or “public opinion.” The study of public ... More

The Quest for Security: Alliances and Arms  

Brett Ashley Leeds and T. Clifton Morgan

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Security issues have long been linked to the study of international relations. The crucial issue which scholars and decision makers have sought to understand is how states can avoid being ... More

Race, Ethnicity, and Nation  

Polly Rizova and John Stone

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
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Identity
The term “race” refers to groups of people who have differences and similarities in biological traits deemed by society to be socially significant, meaning that people treat other people ... More

Race(ing) International Relations: A Critical Overview of Postcolonial Feminism in International Relations  

Geeta Chowdhry and L.H.M. Ling

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Postcolonial feminism in international relations (PFIR) is a disciplinary field devoted to the study of world politics as a site of power relations shaped by colonization. PFIR combines ... More

Rationalism and Security  

R. Harrison Wagner

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
In 1969, the game theorist John Harsanyi wrote an article criticizing the two main postulates of the general theory of social behavior prevalent at the time: the functionalist approach to ... More

Realism and Security  

Stephen M. Walt

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Political Realism has been described as the “oldest theory” of international politics, as well as the “dominant” one. Central to the realist tradition is the concept of “security.” Realism ... More

Reassessing Truth Commissions  

Bronwyn Leebaw

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Truth commissions are temporary institutions that are tasked with investigating patterns of political violence under a prior regime as part of a process of political change. In the past, ... More

Reciprocity in International Studies  

Mark J. C. Crescenzi, Rebecca H. Best, and Bo Ram Kwon

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Reciprocity refers to the character of the actions and reactions between two or more actors. This character is commonly one of responding in kind to the actions of another. As such, ... More

Reform in China and Russia: A Comparative Perspective  

Mariya Y. Omelicheva and John James Kennedy

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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  

Benjamin Meiches and Raymond Hopkins

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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

Regime Type, Foreign Policy, and International Relations  

Joe D. Hagan

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
One of the most prevalent ideas in the international relations (IR) literature is that domestic political patterns are linked to foreign policy via the concept of political regime ... More

Regional Governance and Environmental Problems  

Jörg Balsiger and Stacy D. VanDeveer

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Subject:
Environment
Only recently has international environmental politics scholarship focused more explicitly on “regionalism” as a distinct phenomenon, one which has received much more sustained attention ... More

Regionalism  

Filippo Costa Buranelli and Aliya Tskhay

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Aug 2019
“Regionalism” is a polysemic term that represents both a subfield of international relations (IR) that studies regions of the world and a process of formation of regions themselves. Its ... More

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