Clayton, Iona (2020) Pluralising International Relations with the Global IR Agenda. Journal of Academic Development and Education Student Edition, 2020. ISSN 2051-3593

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How global is International Relations really? The discipline of International Relations (IR) has long been criticised for its Eurocentric foundations and perspectives. At the International Studies Association (ISA) Convention in 2014, the ISA President, Amitav Acharya, promoted the novel Global IR agenda. Constituted of six dimensions, the Agenda seeks to globalise the IR discipline. This article will first define International Relations, linking a broad definition to the root of Eurocentrism within the discipline. It provides three reasons as to how Eurocentrism remains a problem for the IR discipline. It will then outline the six dimensions of the Global IR Agenda: (i) pluralistic universalism; (ii) a grounding in world history; (iii) integration of Western and non-Western theories; (iv) integration of regionalism and area studies; (v) renouncing of exceptionalism; (vi) and recognising multiple forms of agency. A brief evaluation of the Agenda suggests there are at least five potential obstacles for Global IR. The objective of this article is to promote the Global IR Agenda in its attempt to make the IR discipline more inclusive for ideas, scholars, and regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eurocentrism, global International Relations, pluralism, alternative worldviews
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 13:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2020 11:27

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