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on 2 March 2009
Barry Buzan has produced a work of significance to the English School of international relations and International Relations more generally. The English School has a rich tradition of thought going back to the establishment of the British Committee on the Theory of International Politics half a century ago. Concepts such as Martin Wight's three traditions, and Hedley Bull's institutions of international society, have been central to the English School. However, its traditional opposition to positivism has prevented the development of solid theory leaving many concepts and frameworks underdeveloped and often confused. Buzan's aim is to tighten up the analytical framework of the English School by reworking the three traditions and pluralist/solidarist conceptions of international society into a workable typology. This includes investigating the relatively undertheorised World Society tradition. This update should allow for more rigorous research to match that of American IR approaches, whilst maintaining the rich methodological pluralism and holistic ontology provided by the three traditions.
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