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The State and International Relations by John M. Hobson

The State and International Relations

Part of the Themes in International Relations Series


The State and International Relations by John M. Hobson

This book, first published in 2000, provides students with an overview of the main theories of the state found in International Relations. Many International Relation scholars are proclaiming the state to be 'dead', while others lament the lack of an adequate theory of the state in International Relations. John Hobson seeks to resolve this confusion by introducing readers to state theory, arguing that existing theories of the state are limited, and proposing a framework based around the 'agent-structure' debate. The book surveys realist, liberal, Marxist, constructivist and neo-Weberian approaches to the state, and places each perspective's view of the state in relation to its theory of International Relations as a whole. It offers readers a unique introduction to state theory in International Relations, and will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and politics, as well as International Relations.


'I would recommend The State and International Relations to any student or scholar who is interested in the theoretical foundations of the field.'
Will Hunt, Institute of Social Studies

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Publication date

27th April 2000


John M. Hobson

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Cambridge University Press


268 pages


International relations



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