Chapter1 - International Relations Theory A New Introduction Chapter 1 Why Theorize International Relations Why Theory This chapter seeks answers to

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International Relations Theory A New Introduction Chapter 1 Why Theorize International Relations?
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Why Theory? This chapter seeks answers to questions such as: If the objective is to understand international relations, then what can theory do for us? What is the added value of theoretical reflection? What is Theory? What is Meta-theory?
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Why Theory? Five key sets of reasons Research guidance Excellent tool to challenge prejudices or traditional world views Theory makes it easier to grasp the modern world Theory can play an important role when we want to evaluate political practice International Relations is a discipline defined by its theories, therefore knowledge of “its theories” is a precondition for becoming acquainted to the discipline
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What is Theory? S. Burchill (2001): The term “theory” is not limited to its “scientific” or positivist formulations Explanatory theories of the kind which flow from the adoption of a
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