An Australian Outlook on International Affairs? The Evolution of International Relations Theory in Australia

Published on Sep 1, 2009in Australian Journal of Politics and History0.41
· DOI :10.1111/j.1467-8497.2009.1521a.x
Richard Devetak10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UQ: University of Queensland)
Disciplinary histories of Australian International Relations (IR) theory have tended to focus on the 1960s — when a number of Australian scholars returned from the UK to take up posts at the Australian National University’s Department of International Relations — as the beginning of a discipline that has subsequently flourished through various disciplinary debates and global events. This article offers a preliminary attempt at narrating a more complete history of Australian IR by beginning to recover much-neglected contributions made in the early interwar years. From these earliest years through to the current “era of critical diversity”, it is argued, Australian scholars have made considerable contributions not just to the intellectual formation of an Australian outlook on international affairs, but to an understanding of international relations itself.
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Published on Jan 1, 2016
Julita Dudziak (FU: Free University of Berlin)
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Published on Sep 1, 2014in Australian Journal of Public Administration1.31
Ian Hall41
Estimated H-index: 41
(ANU: Australian National University)
Australian International Relations (IR) was once a hybrid of American and European styles of political science, but today it is dominated by a British-inspired post-positivism which has its virtues – and its vices – and which utilises various interpretive and semi-interpretive approaches. This paper welcomes the ‘interpretive turn’ in Australian IR, but recognises its weaknesses, and argues that, to overcome them, interpretivists must be clear about what interpretivism should and should not enta...
Published on Dec 1, 2013in Australian Journal of Political Science0.84
Glenn Kefford3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Griffith University),
Lee Morgenbesser4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Griffith University)
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Published on Apr 1, 2013in Australian Journal of International Affairs1.17
Lee Morgenbesser1
Estimated H-index: 1
This article analyses the results of the most recent and largest cross-national survey on the international relations discipline. Completed by scholars in 20 countries, the survey covered the areas of teaching, research, foreign policy, the profession, and the relationship between policy and academia. From an Australian perspective, the key findings include the strong link between what academics teach and research; the narrowing epistemological gap between the USA and Australia; the curious pess...
Published on Jan 1, 2012in Polish journal of management studies
Imran Zawwar1
Estimated H-index: 1
Shailesh Munankarmi1
Estimated H-index: 1
The study of International Relation (IR) can be traced back to the 17th century, since then IR has been dominated by informal trans-governmental and trans-national relations between counties. This paper defines an International Policy Framework in light of theories such as New Institutional Economics and Spatial Economics, whereby economies can enhance their export income and societal benefits. States can facilitate growing their economic pie; expanding access to wealth. Concurrently they can in...
Published on Apr 1, 2011in Australian Journal of International Affairs1.17
J. C. Sharman18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Griffith University),
Jacqui True14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Auckland)
This article examines the results of the world's largest ever survey of international relations (IR) scholars with an eye to establishing the particularities of the discipline in Australia and New Zealand. The survey covered the areas of teaching, research, the structure of the profession and scholars’ views on foreign policy. From these results, this paper compares IR in New Zealand and Australia, and discusses the extent to which the discipline in these two countries is distinctive from its ov...
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