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    Interpretivists in the English School: Aren’t we all?Charlotta Friedner Parrat - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (2):221-241.
    This article is a reply to Bevir and Hall, who recently argued in this journal that the English School needs to reflect more on its philosophy. They are right. Yet, their preferred distinction between a structural and an interpretivist strand of the School is not a constructive way forward. This is because their distinction between a structural and an interpretivist strand of the school is too stark, their chosen dimensions for sorting through the School are arguably not the most fruitful, (...)
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    Philosophical issues in the English School of international relations.Ian Hall & Mark Bevir - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (2):242-250.
    This article responds to Charlotta Friedner Parrat’s critique of our argument that the English School of international relations should embrace a more thoroughgoing interpretivism. We address four of Friedner Parrat’s objections to our argument: that our distinction between structuralism and interpretivism is too stark; that our understanding of the relationship between agency and structure is problematic; that our approach would confine the English School to the study of intellectual history; and that the English School should eschew explanation. We argue that (...)
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    Varieties of international pluralism.Ronnie Hjorth - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (2):183-199.
    This paper shows that while there seems to be more or less a general acceptance for plurality as a condition of world politics and at least a vague commitment to a pluralist ideal, the challenge remains to formulate a fruitful account of international pluralism. While dominating approaches to international theory present international pluralism as essentially a by-product and instrumental, this paper suggest an alternative way to conceive of international pluralism when defending the ancient concept variety as a better guide to (...)
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    Business authority in global governance: Companies beyond public and private roles.Janne Mende - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (2):200-220.
    International studies investigate the governance authority of state versus non-state actors in terms of their public or private authority. However, the public–private distinction does not sufficiently capture the variety of governance actors, or the forms of their authority, beyond that distinction. Focussing on businesses, this paper argues that certain governance actors assume public and private roles, as well as a third category of roles it calls ‘societal’ that transcend notions of public and private. To understand these roles and how they (...)
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    Rationalism and the “rational actor assumption” in realist international relations theory.Colin Wight & Brian C. Schmidt - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (2):158-182.
    The commitment to the rational actor model of state behavior is said to be a core assumption of realist theory. This assumption is listed in most textbook accounts of realism. Yet is rationality a core supposition of realist theory, and if so, what kind of rationality is implied in these claims? Debate on the relationship between realism, and what is often labeled as rationality is replete with misunderstandings. Authors deploy terms such as rationality, rationalism, and rational actor in diverse and (...)
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    False friends: Leftist nationalism and the project of transnational solidarity.Felix Anderl - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):2-20.
    A growing number of left-wing scholars criticize practices of transnational solidarity. Pointing to the cooptation of “globalism” by neoliberal capitalism, these scholars utilize this critique to advance leftwing nationalism. In this article, I reconstruct symptomatic texts of this genre and identify the critique of (liberal) cosmopolitanism as the common denominator in their calls for nationalizing the Left. As a consequence of their opposition to cosmopolitanism, these authors reject freedom of movement or global justice activism. In order to examine whether the (...)
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    Theology and international order: Questions, challenges and explorations.William Bain - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):147-156.
    Theology is a neglected resource in international relations scholarship; it is, more often than not, characterised as a threat to political order because it is seen as a cradle of fanaticism and irrationality. Postsecular scholarship challenges this view by exploring the persistence of theological ideas and religious belief in political discourse and practice. Political Theology of International Order is my own contribution to this type of scholarship. This article engages responses from five distinguished scholars. It considers the implications of taking (...)
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    Self-interest, transitional cosmopolitanism and the motivational problem.Garrett Wallace Brown & Joshua Hobbs - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):64-86.
    It is often argued that cosmopolitanism faces unique motivational constraints, asking more of individuals than they are able to give. This ‘motivational problem’ is held to pose a significant challenge to cosmopolitanism, as it appears unable to transform its moral demands into motivated political action. This article develops a novel response to the motivational problem facing cosmopolitanism, arguing that self-interest, alongside appeals to sentiment, can play a vital and neglected, transitional role in moving towards an expanded cosmopolitical condition. The article (...)
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    The theoretical case against offshore balancing: Realism, liberalism, and the limits of rationality in U.S. foreign policy.Eric Fleury - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):49-63.
    Certain realist critics of U.S. foreign policy put forth an alternative model of “offshore balancing” as a definitively rational alternative to what they regard as the current, and utterly disastrous, policy of “liberal hegemony.” They predict that the public will eventually recognize the hollowness of liberalism and demand a foreign policy rooted in hardnosed realism. They also promise that this rational outline will also be a positive good, maximizing national interests and moral values with no tradeoffs between them. I argue (...)
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    Political theologies of Christian missionaries, European colonialism, and postcolonial resistance. [REVIEW]Murad Idris - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):139-146.
    This review supplements William Bain’s Political Theology of International Order by sketching out two historical threads that are inseparable from the histories of European thought and order that occupy the book. There are gestures toward both strands along the margins of Bain’s account, in a few observations and footnotes. They also have important implications for the place of political theological difference in this story and for the status of colonialism, hierarchy, and resistance. First, I expand on some of the book’s (...)
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    Theology, order, and disenchantment.Patrick Thaddeus Jackson - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):136-138.
    William Bain’s book does a brilliant job excavating some key conceptual underpinnings of our contemporary discussions about order, but he has perhaps underplayed the importance of nominalism in structuring our present.
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    Ruminations on William Bain’s Political Theology of International Order.Friedrich Kratochwil - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):110-124.
    This article reviews Wiliam Bains book and places it in the wider discussion of seciularization vs. secularism taking place in the social science. in general.
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    A deeper order? A roundtable on William Bain, Political Theology of International Order. [REVIEW]Anthony F. Lang - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):108-109.
    A brief introduction to the roundtable on William Bain, Political Theology of International Order.
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    Prefiguring the argument: Bain’s Anarchical Society.Cornelia Navari - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):125-129.
    Some of the themes found in William Bain’s book, Political Theolog of International Order, were prefigured in his chapter on Hedley Bull’s The Anarchical Society. This article looks back to that earlier chapter and draws on some of the themes while providing a critical reading of them and Bain’s larger project.
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    Reflections on Bain, Political Theology of International Order. [REVIEW]Daniel Philpott - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):130-135.
    William Bain sustains his audacious claim to write a landmark in international relations thought. His view that the medieval theological debate between imposed order and immanent order structures contemporary thought about international order is largely compelling, especially in light of his demonstration that certain thinkers such as Hobbes and Grotius served as transmission belts, carrying this debate into modernity. He also persuasively shows that imposed order, or nominalism, dominates today’s schools of international relations thought, while immanent order only whispers its (...)
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    Militarized interstate manhunts, “absent/presence” and the spectral logic of the U.S. war on terror: The Ballad of Pancho and Bin Laden.Timothy Ruback & Jon Carlson - 2023 - Journal of International Political Theory 19 (1):21-48.
    The decade-long search for Osama bin Laden—in which a manhunt was conducted as part of a full-scale war—was a watershed moment for US foreign policy in the twenty-first Century. Bin Laden was not simply elusive, but ephemerally ghost-like. Similar Militarized Interstate Manhunts (MIMs) are also deeply ingrained in the security politics of the US at its Southwestern border. Specifically, the militarized cross-border pursuits of Pancho Villa in the 1910s and The Apache Kid in the 1890s, serve as analogs to the (...)
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