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Evolutionary Interpretations of World Politics: A New Paradigm for International Relations [Paperback]

William R. Thompson

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13 Sep 2001 0415930596 978-0415930598
First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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"A very fine book edited by one of the field's leading thinkers and researchers - John A. Vasquez, Vanderbilt University, USA -

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William R. Thompson is Professor Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of International Relations at Indiana University. He is the author of Emergence of the Global Political Economy (Routledge, 2000) and was formerly the co-editor of International Studies Quarterly.

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Evolutionary approaches share the premise that world politics is subject to evolutionary processes, that all world politics is, in some respect, evolutionary. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution in International Relations 8 April 2009
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This work is a selection of essays discussing the idea of a evolutionary paradigm in international relations. The works span the spectrum of thought from those who reject the proposition to those you accept it and believe that it is the answer to the static nature of realist and liberal theory. The debate is wonderful and includes some of the greatest minds in international relations, sociology, and history. A truly interdisciplinary work.

If you are not interested in the idea of this paradigm, it is still a read because of the discussions on the use of the word evolution in modern thought. The word is being used in quite arbitrary ways to describe changes in the world. Attributing observations to evolution when it has nothing to do with it. This is an excellent work, but it is not a light read. This work does not require an exstensive knowledge of international relations so even if you don't know anything, you can pick this work up and understand what the authors are discussing. Highly recommended.
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