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Anarchy and International Relations Theory: A Reconsideration

Anarchy and International Relations Theory: A Reconsideration
Anarchy and International Relations Theory: A Reconsideration
In this introduction to the Special Issue, we undertake a little ground clearing in order to make room in International Relations for thinking differently about anarchy and world politics. Anarchy’s roots in, and association with, social contract theory and the state of nature has unduly narrowed how we might understand the concept and its potential in International Relations. Indeed, such is the consensus in this regard that anarchy is remarkably uncontested, considering its centrality to the field. Looking around, both inside and outside International Relations, for alternative accounts, we find ample materials for helping us think anew about the nature of and possibilities for politics in anarchy. In the second part of the introduction, we show how our contributors develop and expand on these resources and what we hope the Special Issue brings to International Relations.
1755-0882
252-265
Havercroft, Jonathan
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Prichard, Alex
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Havercroft, Jonathan
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Prichard, Alex
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Havercroft, Jonathan and Prichard, Alex (2017) Anarchy and International Relations Theory: A Reconsideration. Journal of International Political Theory, 13 (3), 252-265. (doi:10.1177/1755088217719911).

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In this introduction to the Special Issue, we undertake a little ground clearing in order to make room in International Relations for thinking differently about anarchy and world politics. Anarchy’s roots in, and association with, social contract theory and the state of nature has unduly narrowed how we might understand the concept and its potential in International Relations. Indeed, such is the consensus in this regard that anarchy is remarkably uncontested, considering its centrality to the field. Looking around, both inside and outside International Relations, for alternative accounts, we find ample materials for helping us think anew about the nature of and possibilities for politics in anarchy. In the second part of the introduction, we show how our contributors develop and expand on these resources and what we hope the Special Issue brings to International Relations.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 June 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 July 2017
Published date: 20 July 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 412767
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412767
ISSN: 1755-0882
PURE UUID: a57f2e0e-2c01-43c0-b1d4-3cec37962192
ORCID for Jonathan Havercroft: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0995-8912

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2017 16:31
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 03:44

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Author: Alex Prichard

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