Pre-publication endorsements for The National Interest in Theories of International Relations

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"Scott Burchill has introduced a new and fresh approach to International Relations and conflicts between states. He is objective but also exceedingly insightful, and whoever reads his book will grasp the differences - as well as the weaknesses - between the various schools of thought on world affairs and war and peace."

Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada


"The topic of 'National Interest' has been central to the study of international affairs for a long time, and is of great current concern, as

part of ongoing discussion and controversy concerning the role of the state in the evolving international political-economic order. To my knowledge, this is the first comprehensive study of the topic within the various frameworks of International Relations theory that have become a very productive area of research in the post-World War II period. Burchill provides a lucid critical account of leading ideas of the major perspectives that have been developed, tracing their origins back to the Enlightenment and beyond. He carefully analyzes the place of the concept of national interest within these perspectives, arriving at conclusions that are well-argued and thought-provoking. It is a very valuable study, with many implications for policy and interpretation." 

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Endorsements for Theories of International Relations

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"An outstanding textbook."

Andreas Bieler, University of Birmingham

"One of the most useful books on International Relations theory to have appeared in recent years...a most valuable addition to the burgeoning literature in the field."

Chris Brown, Political Studies

"A very fine book, bringing together a group of contributors who describe the major currents of International Relations theory. Beginning with 'liberal internationalism' and finishing up with 'green politics', the book is highly readable and illuminating for a subject not everyone finds accessible."

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