United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory

Translated by Kseniya Oksamytna and John Karlsrud

United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4887-2
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2020
  • BIC Category: International Relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Peacekeeping Operations, Society & social sciences / International relations


The volume is the first comprehensive overview of multiple theoretical perspectives on UN peace operations, with two main uses. First, it provides practical examples of how International Relations theories - realism, liberal institutionalism, rational choice institutionalism, sociological institutionalism, constructivism, practice theories, critical security studies, feminist institutionalism, and complexity theory - can be applied to a specific policy issue. Second, it demonstrates how major debates on UN peace operations - regarding protection of civilians, local ownership, or gender mainstreaming - benefit from a theoretical exploration. The volume is aimed at three audiences: scholars who want to keep up to date with the latest research on UN peace operations; undergraduate and postgraduate students who either seek to understand International Relations theories in general or are interested in UN peace operations..


Introduction - Kseniya Oksamytna and John Karlsrud
1 Realism - Philip Cunliffe
2 Liberal institutionalism - Carla Monteleone and Kseniya Oksamytna
3 Rational choice institutionalism - Yf Reykers
4 Sociological institutionalism - Sarah von Billerbeck
5 Constructivism - Marion Laurence and Emily Paddon Rhoads
6 Practice theories - Ingvild Bode
7 Critical security studies - Lucile Maertens
8 Feminist institutionalism - Georgina Holmes
9 Complexity theory - Charles T. Hunt
International Relations theory and the study of UN peace operations: Concluding reflections - Mats Berdal

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