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Theory, history, and the global transformation

Buzan, Barry and Lawson, George (2016) Theory, history, and the global transformation. International Theory, 8 (3). pp. 502-522. ISSN 1752-9719

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S175297191600018X


This response concentrates on two sets of issues raised by the contributors to the symposium: the first centers around theory, the second around history. On the former, our argument is that, contrary to some of the comments made by our interlocutors, the book contributes to theoretical debates ranging from issues of causation to those concerning history as a theoretical enterprise. We use these arguments to engage with, and extend, historical questions raised about the book, paying particular attention to the issue of comparisons across time. Our overarching reaction to the symposium is positive – the book has generated an exciting range of responses. This makes us hopeful that The Global Transformation will stimulate both intra- and inter-disciplinary conversations, even if these conversations sometimes emerge from frustration with paths not taken and issues not addressed.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 09:44
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 05:04

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