RESTRUCTURING OF IR THEORIES

Marina Ilić ; Université Lille 2, Lille, France

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Abstracts
International Relations as a discipline have gone through the process of thorough
transformation in the last several years. There are a growing number
of IR scholars who argue that the logic of mainstream thinking about the nature
of international politics needs to be changed. Some paradigmatic debates
within the IR are now challenged. This “new thinking” is not so much new
as increasingly attractive and based on contemporary development in international
relations. Its main starting point is in arguing for a theoretical synthesis
of several streams of IR theory, including also middle-range theories and analytic
eclecticism. Also, more theorists than ever before argue for “de-colonisation”
of the field of IR studies, or for “post-Western IR theory”. They are
increasingly interested in little known traditions of IR thinking that were developed
outside the US. The main objective of this new orientation is to assess
whether in these non-Western approaches there are also those who can help
the IR as discipline to recover its strength and relevance. This article analyses
these new trends in IR theories.

Keywords
International Relations; Theoretical Synthesis; Analytic Eclecticism; De-colonisation; Middle-range Theories