International relations

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International Relations only emerged as a discipline in its own right in the early twentieth century as scholars and practitioners sought to study the causes of war and the conditions for peace in a more systematic and sustained way. The philosophical foundations of the discipline, however, draw on centuries of thinking about human nature, political authority and the relations between political communities. In this book, Stephanie Lawson adopts a broad historical and contextual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of world politics. In particular, she examines the development of the discipline's central institution, the state, and explains the ways in which it has both shaped, and been shaped by, political norms. Lawson also looks at key issues in the contemporary world, including security and insecurity, global governance and world order and the impact of globalization on the state.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK ; Malden, MA
PublisherPolity Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)0745629598
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameShort introductions
PublisherPolity Press


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