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The New International Relations Theory and Practice by Marie-Claude Smouts

The New International Relations Theory and Practice


The New International Relations Theory and Practice by Marie-Claude Smouts

Are international relations as we have known them coming to an end, to be replaced by a global politics in which inter-power rivalry and the exercise of authority are not longer to be defined within national boundaries, and the distinction between states and non-state actors will beome irrelevant? In this commissioned study, specialists in international relations from the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris explore the impact on international affairs of globalization and the post-bi-polar world. They also scrutinize the state of knowledge concerning themes of nationalism and its resurgence, the building of a unitary Europe, international political economy, conflicts and conflict resolution, the narrowing of time and space, and the role of international organizations.


'the era of US predominance of international politics has coincided with an Americo-centrism in its academic study and this bias might be especially obvious from a French perspective. The editor's introduction certainly reveals an antipathy to a perceived US supremacy. She complains that until recently A interdisciplinary debates have flourished at a rate commensurate with the whims of the American superpower, echoed by fashions and career orientations on its university campusesA , resulting in a series of A lifelessA academic debates have A never much interested French scholarsA (p. 6). This collection of fifteen essays [A...] clearly wants to reinvigorate the discipline. One of its main aims is to explore new directions that may be challenging the very idea of a separate academic subject called international relations. A... a valuable book which makes contemporary French approaches accessible to a wider audience. It should appeal to students and teachers receptive to challenging questions about their subject.' -Global Review of Ethnopolitics'

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Publication date

8th March 2001


Marie-Claude Smouts

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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd


236 pages


International relations



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