Challenges and Possibilities of Empirical International Relations Theory: Evidence From Research in Brazil
- Fernanda BarasuolFernanda BarasuolDepartment of International Relations, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sol
- and Andre Reis da SilvaAndre Reis da SilvaDepartment of International Relations, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sol
Much of the debate in international relations (IR) theory in the past decades has concerned epistemological matters and the possibility of empirical research in the field. Most of this debate happened either within the United States or between Americans and Europeans, translating the general trend of keeping the theoretical core of the discipline centered around its geographical (developed) core. Brazilian international relations provides an additional peripheral view to IR theory (IRT). It is worth analyzing how theory has been used in Brazilian teaching and research, with the aim of understanding how Brazilian academics have used different theoretical approaches to understand their objects of study. With this objective, it is important to look into teaching syllabi, PhD dissertations, and articles published in academic journals in the field of international relations. There are considerable differences between teaching and research in Brazil, with the first following traditional American textbook standards. Research, however, shows considerably different theoretical and methodological bases.
- International Relations