Review by Choice Review
This excellent compilation of work on the discipline of International Relations (IR) is inspired by Fred Greenstein and Nelson Polsby's Handbook of Political Science (1975). Like its predecessor, this handbook aspires to a comprehensive treatment of IR, and includes contributions from notable scholars. A first section treats the intellectual history of the discipline and its theoretical, epistemological, and normative concerns. Contributions by Brain C. Schmidt (historiography), James Fearon and Alexander Wendt (rationalist/constructivist debate), and Duncan Snidal (rational choice) are characteristic of this section. A second section covers the analytical foci of the discipline. Of note are contributions by Thomas Biersteker (state, sovereignty, and territoriality), J. Ann Tickner (feminist perspectives), and Peter Gourevitch (domestic politics). The final section looks at central substantive issues and how they have been addressed in the scholarship. The volume is well edited; each entry is well written, concise, well structured, and direct. There are good references throughout, and the volume is well indexed for theme, issue, and scholar. This handbook will become indispensable for libraries serving graduate programs in IR. It will also be a good reference for faculty and scholars in the field, and its individual entries will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students. S. P. Duffy Quinnipiac University
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