The promise of historical sociology in international relations

George Lawson*

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Abstract

This essay draws on historical sociology, in particular on historical institutionalism, to critique the micro-, macro-, and meso-level explanations of contemporary international relations theory. Focusing on institutional development, change, and disintegration, it proposes a conjectural, mid-range approach to capturing the processes of large-scale change that are occurring in the international realm. This essay seeks to broaden the field's scope by outlining the possibilities that historical sociology offers to international relations theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-423
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Studies Review
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes

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