The discourse of anarchy in IR

  title={The discourse of anarchy in IR},
  author={Jack Donnelly},
  journal={International Theory},
  pages={393 - 425}
  • J. Donnelly
  • Published 21 September 2015
  • Political Science
  • International Theory
Contemporary International Relations (IR) typically treats anarchy as a fundamental, defining, and analytically central feature of international relations. Furthermore, it is usually held that IR since its inception has been structured around a discourse of anarchy. In fact, however, until the 1980s anarchy was rarely employed as a central analytical concept, as I show by examining 145 books published between 1895 and 1978. The conceptual and analytic centrality of anarchy is not imposed on us… 
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