International Relations as a Field of Study

  title={International Relations as a Field of Study},
  author={Gunther Hellmann},
The field “International Relations” (commonly abbreviated IR) focuses on a variety of subject matters. The many connotations which are usually associated with the term “relations” (one of the most underspecified terms in the field itself) and the aesthetic quality which accompanies relating the name of the field (IR) to a broad set of subject matters subsumed under the same term in minor letters, “international relations”, help explain why both IR and “international relations” are still widely… 

Engaging the “Animal Question” in International Relations

By raising the “animal question” in International Relations (IR), this essay seeks to contribute not only to put animals and human–animal relations on the IR agenda, but also to move the field in a

Power and Knowledge: International Relations Scholarship in the Core and Periphery

The field of International Relations (IR) is motivated as much by the institutional dynamics of American universities and the internal rewards structure of tenure, promotion, and merit pay, as it is

The Need for Theory: International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on the Theory of International Relations, 1953–1954

  • B. Schmidt
  • Political Science
    The International History Review
  • 2019
Abstract While all of the social sciences have been interested in theory, the disciplinary history of International Relations (IR) has been, in many ways, a story of a continuous, yet frustrating,

The debates of methodology and methods: reflections on the development of the study of international relations

This paper aims to explore the interplay between methods and methodologies in the field of international relations (IR) over the 100 years of its lifetime reflecting on the relationship between the

A Sociological Survey of Japanese International Relations Journals and University Education: Still a Discipline ‘In Between’?

The Japanese discipline of international relations has been understood as a product of interaction with its Western other, formed and developed much like Japanese contested identity. But although

Is There Still a German IR Discourse? Investigations in the Semi-Periphery of an Academic Discipline

In non-English-speaking countries, international relations (IR) scholars often face considerable pressure to publish in international journals and address international debates. At the same time,

In Quest of African IR Theories: Panafricanism and National Ideologies, Critical Theories or Postcolonial Studies?

Using the results of the 2017–2018 survey of international scholars from nine countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia draws preliminary conclusions about the

Hans Morgenthau’s scientific man versus power politics and politics among nations: a comparative analysis

This thesis explores the discrepancies and apparent contradictions between Scientific Man Versus Power Politics and Politics Among Nations, two of Hans Morgenthau’s seminal works, published in 1946

International Relations As A Field Of Study In The Canadian System Of Higher Education

Abstract The research presents an attempt to investigate the current state of international relations as a field of study in the context of higher education system in Canada. It contains a general

Chinese Universities and International Relations

The article aims to explore, at first, the field of International Relations (IR) in China and its emergence as a discipline, in addition to a possible theoretical formulation of its own, analyzing in



The Scope of International Relations

Four able and penetrating writers have recently given us their considered views on the nature and scope of international relations as a branch of higher learning.* While each of them starts from a

International Theory: The Case for a Classical Approach

  • H. Bull
  • Philosophy
    World Politics
  • 1966
Two approaches to the theory of international relations at present compete for our attention. The first of these I shall call the classical approach. By this I do not mean the study and criticism of

The Sociology of a Not So International Discipline: American and European Developments in International Relations

  • O. Wæver
  • Sociology
    International Organization
  • 1998
The international relations (IR) discipline is dominated by the American research community. Data about publication patterns in leading journals document this situation as well as a variance in

Interwar International Relations Research: The American Experience

  • W. Fox
  • Political Science
    World Politics
  • 1949
What is today in the United States conventionally known as international relations is a subject different in content and emphasis from its counterpart of even two decades ago. Much of what seemed

Power in International Politics

The concept of power is central to international relations. Yet disciplinary discussions tend to privilege only one, albeit important, form: an actor controlling another to do what that other would

Is International Relations a Discipline?

  • M. Kaplan
  • Sociology
    The Journal of Politics
  • 1961
IS INTERNATIONAL relations a distinctive discipline-different from sociology, for instance, in the same way in which sociology is distinctive from political science or economics? Can it be studied

Why is there no non-Western international relations theory? An introduction

In Section 1, we outline the conceptual framework, rationale, and objectives of the Special Issue. Next, we clarify what we mean by ‘international relation theory (IRT)’, which would serve as the

Conclusion: On the possibility of a non-Western IR theory in Asia

AbstractIn the conclusion, we seek to ascertain the possibility of a non-Western International Relations theory (IRT) in Asia. We find while there is a good deal of writing that can be regarded as

Transnational Actors and World Politics

The end of the Cold War and globalization processes have led to renewed interest in the study of transnational relations and the impact of non-state actors on world politics. Some authors praise the

The English School of International Relations: A Contemporary Reassessment

  • R. Little
  • Education
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 2007
The English School of International Relations: A Contemporary Reassessment. By Andrew Linklater and Hidemi Suganami. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 302p. $80.00 cloth, $29.99 paper. The