Causes of a Divided Discipline: Rethinking the Concept of Cause in International Relations theory

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dc.contributor.author Kurki, Milja
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-07T14:58:58Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-07T14:58:58Z
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation Kurki , M 2006 , ' Causes of a Divided Discipline: Rethinking the Concept of Cause in International Relations theory ' Review of International Studies , vol 32 , no. 2 , pp. 189-216 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0260-2105
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80238
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/948
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/948
dc.description Kurki, M. (2006). Causes of a Divided Discipline: Rethinking the Concept of Cause in International Relations theory. Review of International Studies, 32 (2), 189-216. RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract During the last decades ‘causation’ has been a deeply divisive concept in International Relations (IR) theory. While the positivist mainstream has extolled the virtues of causal analysis, many post-positivist theorists have rejected the aims and methods of causal explanation in favour of ‘constitutive’ theorising. It is argued here that the debates on causation in IR have been misleading in that they have been premised on, and have helped to reify, a rather narrow empiricist understanding of causal analysis. It is suggested that in order to move IR theorising forward we need to deepen and broaden our understandings of the concept of cause. Thereby, we can radically reinterpret the causal-constitutive theory divide in IR, as well as redirect the study of world politics towards more constructive multi-causal and complexity-sensitive analyses. en
dc.format.extent 28 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Review of International Studies en
dc.title Causes of a Divided Discipline: Rethinking the Concept of Cause in International Relations theory en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S026021050600698x
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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