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International Relations and the Limits of Political Theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Problems of Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Howard Williams
      Pages 3-18
    3. Howard Williams
      Pages 19-28
    4. Howard Williams
      Pages 57-70
  3. Problems of International Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Howard Williams
      Pages 90-109
    3. Howard Williams
      Pages 125-140
    4. Howard Williams
      Pages 161-163
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 164-170

About this book


This book shows how the traditional concerns of political theory push it increasingly into the study of international relations. This is done, first, by demonstrating how many of the issues usually dealt with by political theory, such as democracy and justice, arise within an increasingly global context and, secondly, by considering how international issues, such as colonialism and war, are best illuminated by building on the work of political theorists. The book suggests that political theory and international relations theory can now both be successfully engaged in as a joint enterprise only.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsUniversity of WalesAberystwythUK

About the authors

HOWARD WILLIAMS is Professor in Political Theory in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His other academic positions have included external examiner at the University of Southampton, British Academy Research Fellow at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, external examiner at the University of Durham, external examiner at the University of Exeter, DAAD Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Mainz and SSRC Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Munich. In 1990 he gave the Bradley Lecture at Boston College, USA. He is a journal referee for History of Political Thought, Political Studies, Review of International Studies and Journal of the History of Philosophy. In addition he is a reader for the University of Wales Press, University of Manchester Press, Basil Blackwell and Cornell U.P., and is on the editorial board of Politics.

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