The National Interest in International Relations Theory

  • ScottĀ Burchill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Scott Burchill
    Pages 1-8
  3. Scott Burchill
    Pages 9-30
  4. Scott Burchill
    Pages 104-151
  5. Scott Burchill
    Pages 152-184
  6. Scott Burchill
    Pages 185-205
  7. Scott Burchill
    Pages 206-211
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 212-224

About this book


This is the first systematic and critical analysis of the concept of national interest from the perspective of contemporary theories of International Relations, including realist, Marxist, anarchist, liberal, English School and constructivist perspectives. Scott Burchill explains that although commonly used in diplomacy, the national interest is a highly problematic concept and a poor guide to understanding the motivations of foreign policy.


Diplomacy foreign policy international relations

Authors and affiliations

  • ScottĀ Burchill
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52596-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-00577-8
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