International Politics and Inner Worlds

Masks of Reason under Scrutiny

  • Kurt Jacobsen

Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

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This book takes radical aim at the conventional conduct of international relations analysis. It reexamines the role of ideas, the usefulness of psychoanalysis, the rage for and at rational choice, the influence of the public on foreign policy, counterinsurgency evangelism, and development orthodoxies at the national and genetic levels. Drawing a bead on conceptual blind spots prevalent both inside and outside the academy, the book urges scholars to reflect on how inner worlds shape the actions of their subjects—and their own research analyses, as well. 


political psychology rational choice realism international relations history welfare state Freud IR theory political theory

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  • Kurt Jacobsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Political ScienceUniversity of Chicago ChicagoUSA

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