Theories of international relations

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World Politics In the study of international relations there exists a number of different theories, which each try to explain the role of the state in world politics. This essay will attempt to critically examine these theories, and give a broad insight into the similarities and differences between them. First the traditional theories of international relations are examined, notably Realism and Liberalism, followed by the more recent theories of IR, such as Marxism, Constructivism and …

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…the world allows us to understand more deeply his theory of the state in international relations. States are not autonomous, but are rather driven by the interests of the ruling class, and capitalists states are driven by the interests of the bourgeoisieís. This means that the struggle between states, such as wars should be seen as competition between capitalist classes in different states. Unlike Realism whose main protaginistís are the states ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**