The End of International Relations Theory?

Guest blog post by David Mainwaring, Senior Comissioning Editor, SAGE

EJT_19_3_cover.inddSince the publication of Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Politics in 1979, the field of international relations (IR) has seen a gradual broadening of theoretical perspectives, often referred to as the ‘paradigm wars’ and characterized by intense inter-theory debates over a range of issues. These debates fragmented commonly held theoretical positions, widening IR’s research focus and making scholars question the range of issues that fall within the bounds of discipline.

Today, grand theory and inter-theory debate no longer seems to fill the pages of IR journals.  In the latest special issue of the European Journal of International Relations (EJIR), a group of leading thinkers reflect on the current state of the field and consider the lessons that we can learn from the inter-paradigm debate, particularly in response to the question:

“Does ‘theory’ have a place within international relations?”

Supporting and enabling these debates is a core part of our remit at SAGE and we are incredibly proud to publish a strong programme of journal content within international relations, content that inspires active discussion, challenging and expanding our knowledge and understanding. To this end, we are delighted to be joining up with the eminently influential Duck of Minerva blog, which will be running a symposium in response to the issues and pieces published in this special issue, to tie in with the launch and the 8th Pan-European Conference on international relations, taking place in Warsaw between the 18th-21st September.

The first part of the symposium can be found here.

Remember to keep your eyes on SAGE Connection and the Duck of Minerva blog over the next few weeks to keep up to date with the symposium and debates.

For more on the conference make sure you follow @SAGECQPolitics, @SAGE_News, @europeanisa and hashtag #8thPanEuropean

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