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Pluralism and Engagement in the Discipline of International Relations

  • Offers perspectives from both the Anglosphere and Asia, due to the author's dual positionality

  • Includes valuable research about the developing field of IR in China and implications for the field

  • Provides a helpful "state of the discipline" from a scholar uniquely attuned to the ways that ongoing development of institutional structures is causing a shift

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yong-Soo Eun
    Pages 89-102
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 103-106

About this book

Introduction

This book identifies and addresses subtle but important questions and issues associated with the configuration of International Relations as a discipline. Starting with a much-needed discussion of manifold implications and issues associated with pluralism, the book raises important questions, such as where does the field of IR stand in terms of epistemological, theoretical, and methodological diversity. The book also carries out a comparative analysis of the present status of post-positivist IR scholarship in the United States and China.

Eun discusses these questions through a close reading of the key texts in the field and by undertaking a critical survey of publishing and teaching practices in IR communities. IR scholars will gravitate to this text that fills many gaps in international political theory.

Yong-Soo Eun is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Hanyang University and the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge series,IR Theory and Practice in Asia.  His work has been published in journals including Review of International StudiesPS: Political Science and Politics;International Studies Perspectives; and International Political Science Review. He has also written and edited books, including Regionalizing Global Crises. Yong-Soo is broadly interested in IR theory, philosophy of social science, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region.

Keywords

International Relations Politics Pluralism Foreign Policy Chinese IR

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceHanyang UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

About the authors

Yong-Soo Eun is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Hanyang University and the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge series, IR Theory and Practice in Asia.  His work has been published in journals including Review of International Studies; PS: Political Science and Politics; International Studies Perspectives; and International Political Science Review. He has also written and edited books, including Regionalizing Global Crises. Yong-Soo is broadly interested in IR theory, philosophy of social science, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region.

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Reviews

“This book is a thought-provoking intervention that will be of particular interest to audiences on both sides of the theoretical divide … . this book is a welcome contribution to the field in manifold ways. Rather than fueling fragmentation of the field, this book softly touches upon the issues that both positivists and postpositivists should answer, by provoking self-reflection about their real contribution to a pluralistic IR through their practices.” (Chaeyoung Yong, International Studies Review, Vol. 20 (03), September, 2018)​