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Published on Mar 4, 2017in Review of International Political Economy 2.80
Leonard Seabrooke22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Norwegian Institute of International Affairs),
Kevin Young10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)
We analyze the organizational logics of how social clustering operates within International Political Economy (IPE). Using a variety of new data on IPE publishing, teaching, and conference attendance, we use network analysis and community detection to understand social clustering within the field. We find that when it comes to publishing and intellectual engagement, IPE is highly pluralistic and driven by a logic of ‘niche proliferation’. Teaching IPE, however, is characterized by a ‘reduction t...
Published on Sep 1, 2016in International Studies Quarterly 2.17
Jeff D. Colgan13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Brown University)
Recent debates about the state of International Relations (IR) raise the possibility that the field is losing its theoretical innovativeness due to professional incentives to churn out publications. Yet the claims made about IR far outstrip the availability of empirical data. Important assertions derive from a handful of examples rather than systematic evidence. This paper presents an investigation of what gets taught to doctoral students of IR in the United States. I find, among other things, t...
Published on Jul 31, 2016in International Studies Review 2.08
Ido Oren9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UF: University of Florida)
In recent years the centrality of grand, paradigmatic theory in American IR has eroded, with the vacuum being filled by largely atheoretical “hypothesis-testing” research. Although a heated debate has emerged on whether it is good or bad for IR, hardly anyone has tried to analyze this trend. I offer an analysis grounded in a conceptual framework elaborated by sociologist Richard Whitley. In the 1980s and 1990s IR approximated the type of social organization Whitley labeled “polycentric oligarchy...
Published on Jun 1, 2016in European Journal of International Relations 2.76
Peter Marcus Kristensen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
The International Relations discipline has recently witnessed a wave of stocktakings and they surprisingly often follow the narrative that the discipline once revolved around all-encompassing great debates, which, either neatly or claustrophobically depending on the stocktaker, organized the discipline. Today, most stocktakers argue, International Relations has moved beyond great debate — the very symbol of the discipline — and is undergoing fragmentation. For some scholars, fragmentation is cau...
Published on Jun 1, 2016in International Relations 1.39
Justin Rosenberg14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Sussex)
In recent decades, the discipline of International Relations has experienced both dramatic institutional growth and unprecedented intellectual enrichment. And yet, unlike neighbouring disciplines such as Geography, Sociology, History and Comparative Literature, it has still not generated any ‘big ideas’ that have impacted across the human sciences. Why is this? And what can be done about it? This article provides an answer in three steps. First, it traces the problem to IR’s enduring definition ...
Published on Aug 1, 2015in International Studies Perspectives 1.47
Peter Marcus Kristensen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
This paper studies the geography of the International Relations (IR) discipline, particularly the notion that IR is an “American social science.” First, it analyzes bibliometric data and finds that US-based scholars continue to dominate IR journals, but also that IR is one of the least US-dominated social sciences and that it has become markedly less so since the 1960s. Second, the paper argues that conventional measures based on nation-state affiliation capture only part of the spatial structur...
Emanuela Riviera2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Umeå University)
In scientometrics, citer behavior is traditionally investigated using one of two main approaches. According to the normative point of view, the behavior of scientists is regulated by norms that mak ...
Published on May 1, 2015in International Studies Perspectives 1.47
Elizabeth G. Matthews2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CSUSM: California State University San Marcos),
Rhonda L. Callaway5
Estimated H-index: 5
(CSUSM: California State University San Marcos)
In an effort to determine the extent and level of theoretical coverage in introductory International Relations (IR) textbooks, we conduct both latent and manifest analyses of IR theories in 18 undergraduate texts in the discipline. Focusing on realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism, and feminism, we find the bulk of theoretical content in chapters that specifically focus on theory. There is much less theoretical discussion in the issue chapters of most introductory texts. While some contin...
Published on Feb 1, 2015in International Studies Perspectives 1.47
Yale H. Ferguson9
Estimated H-index: 9
(RU: Rutgers University)
Rather than dead or even moribund, International Relations (IR) theory is most certainly “alive,” although of course exactly how “well” remains a matter for debate. This article explains that each of the traditional and more recent “schools” of theory has its important strengths and serious weaknesses. Some theories are more appropriately applied to particular problems than to others. Analysts need to be conversant with a wide range of theories so they can recognize them when they are being empl...
Published on Jun 1, 2014in European Journal of International Relations 2.76
Jonas Hagmann4
Estimated H-index: 4
Thomas J. Biersteker16
Estimated H-index: 16
(HEI: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
The growing sociology of International Relations literature systematically investigates the discipline’s organization and inner structuring. Making the academic field cognizant of its own institutional and intellectual configurations, the literature today empowers scholars to engage critically with the analytical, geocultural, and political lenses through which International Relations explains world politics. This contribution notwithstanding, there is a continuing focus in the literature on lea...
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Published on Jun 21, 2019
Evelyn Goh11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
Published on Apr 3, 2019in Global Public Health 1.94
Nathan A. Paxton2
Estimated H-index: 2
Jeremy Youde11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
ABSTRACTInternational relations theorists and global health politics scholars largely fail to communicate with one another. We argue that drawing on insights from classic and contemporary international theory more explicitly will positively augment the study of global health politics. This paper highlights four major theoretical orientations in the international relations literature (realism, neoliberal institutionalism, constructivism, and feminism) and discusses how an understanding of these p...
Published on Mar 16, 2019in European Political Science 1.14
Antonio Calcara1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli),
Davide Vittori1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli)
International relations (IR) as a discipline have had a troubled history in Italy. Indeed, the previous academic literature on the topic has highlighted how the lack of critical mass and influence of Italian IR scholarship have negatively impacted its visibility at the international level (Lucarelli and Menotti in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica 32(1):32–82, 2002; Friedrichs in European approaches to international relations theory: a house with many mansions, Routledge, London, 2004). Howev...
Published on Jan 1, 2017
Jacek Czaputowicz2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw),
Anna Wojciuk2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw)
This chapter covers the development of International Relations post-1989, once Poland had regained sovereignty, censorship ended, and Marxism ceased to be the official ideology. This period has been characterized by its rapid quantitative development of IR students and academic programs, but the quality of teaching remained low. The chapter shows the change in research from Marxism to an approach that integrates major insights from realism and liberalism. It presents the most important books and...