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Title Theorising international society : English school methods / edited by Cornelia Navari
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


Description 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in international relations
Palgrave studies in international relations.
Contents International relations as a craft discipline / Robert Jackson -- What the classical English school was trying to explain, and why its members were not interested in causal explanation / Cornelia Navari -- Constructivism and the English school / Christian Reus-Smit -- History, theory and methodological pluralism in the English school / Richard Little -- International society as an ideal type / Edward Keene -- Theorising the causes of order : Hedley Bull's The anarchical society / K.J. Holsti -- The English school and the activity of being an historian / William Bain -- The English school's approach to international law / Peter Wilson -- Law, power and the expansion of international society / B.A. Roberson -- The limits of progress : normative reasoning in the English school / James Mayall
Summary In the process of developing the discipline of international relations, attention has turned to the social fact. This includes the role that cultures play in questions of war and peace and the social structures that have consequences for diplomatic behaviour, such as American exceptionalism, or Central Europe₂s ₁weak liberalism₂. Interest in the social fact has carried with it renewed interest in the English School, both as a body of theorizing an international society constituted by social practices and as a body of thought that emphasizes the role of ideas and values in diplomatic practices. The English School is particularly known for its attention to ethics and for bringing considerations of right and wrong to bear on questions of human rights, democracy and intervention. The original English School thinkers were not overly-reflective about their methods, rather assuming they were transparent. This volume seeks to rectify this omission. Its contributors are the major English School theorists writing today, and they have outlined the methods appropriate to an English School understanding of international relations, their analytical referents and their assumptions about how knowledge of the social is gained. They make it clear what is involved in an English School approach, specifically at the level of research method, and what such an approach can deliver in the contemporary understanding of international relations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject International relations -- Philosophy.
International relations -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Globalization.
International relations -- Philosophy.
International relations -- Study and teaching.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
Author Navari, Cornelia, 1941-
ISBN 9780230234475
Other Titles Theorizing international society