Towards Interdisciplinary Research Programmes in International Studies: The Frankfurt School, the English School and Peace Research as Models

  • Vilho Harle
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


All social activities may have an international aspect. Therefore, in academia ‘the international’ is not a monopoly of international relations (IR). Any discipline in the social sciences may, and when needed must, encounter the international. This constitutes a serious challenge to IR. Without denying the value of IR and its potentially powerful role in the study of the international (see e.g., Millennium, 3/2007), I claim that the international can best be studied via various inter disciplinary perspectives by making it a key element of interdisciplinary international studies (IS).1 In so doing, however, one must fully recognize the thousand faces of the international and beware of focusing exclusively on conventional, narrow concepts of the international as the ‘inter-state’.


International Study International Relation Critical Theory International Politics Social Philosophy 
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