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The English School: a new triad

Authors
  • Dunleavy, Daniel1
  • 1 University of Kent, School of Politics and International Relations, Rutherford College, Canterbury, CT2 7NX, UK , Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Politics
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2018
Volume
56
Issue
1
Pages
103–120
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/s41311-017-0122-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Barry Buzan’s reformulation of the English School marked one of the most important developments in international relations (IR) theory over the past 15 years. Buzan sought to scientifically reconstruct the English School creating a return to grand theory. This article is a critical investigation of Buzan’s reformulation, aiming to discover whether the English School lost or gained as a result. If the School gained, we are presented with an explanatory grand theory that can explain IR throughout time. If the School lost, we may have to return to the approach of the classical English School characterised by Martin Wight and Hedley Bull, or to the post-classical approach of James Der Derian. This article will present a new English School triad employing Buzan’s, the classical and post-classical English School.

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