Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations

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dc.contributor.author Kurki, Milja
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-10T10:08:02Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-10T10:08:02Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Kurki , M 2007 , ' Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations ' Millennium: Journal of International Studies , vol 35 , pp. 361-378 . , 10.1177/03058298070350021501 en
dc.identifier.issn 0305-8298
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80536
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/965
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/965
dc.identifier.uri http://mil.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/35/2/361 en
dc.description Kurki, M. (2007). Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 35 (2), 361-378. RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Drawing on the anti-positivist philosophy of science of Roy Bhaskar, ‘critical realism’1 has sought to challenge some of the core assumptions theorists hold on the nature of explanation and science in IR theoretical inquiry.2 One important area in which critical realists challenge disciplinary conventions in IR is the issue of causal analysis. Causation has been a contested notion in much of twentieth-century philosophy of science and social science and, since the late 1980s, has also been debated in International Relations, where the causal approach of the positivists has come under increasing criticism from a selection of post-positivist ‘constitutive’ theorists. Critical realism seeks to reformulate currently dominant understandings of the role and nature of causal analysis in the social sciences and in IR. This short contribution to the forum focuses on examining the critical realist intervention to the debates on causal analysis in IR. Critical realism, it is argued, opens up important new avenues in IR theorists’ and researchers’ conceptions of causal analysis: avenues previously hidden from view by the dominance of a positivist view of science in IR. en
dc.format.extent 18 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Millennium: Journal of International Studies en
dc.title Critical realism and causal analysis in international relations en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/03058298070350021501
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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