THE CONCEPT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY IN THE TRADITIONAL IR THEORY

2021-7-28
Gürsoy, Mustafa Bozkurt
This study focuses on the concept of international society within the IR theories of Realism, Liberalism and the English School. In regards to Realism, it conceptually explores how international society is considered to be a null-conception through the works of Hobbes and Waltz. To this end, it deals with concepts such as morality, international law and particularly war with a realist perspective. Then Liberalism is explored with its fundamental theoretical differences to Realism, and liberal accounts of international society are analyzed with a Kantian theoretical background and then through contractarian theories of Rawls and Beitz. The second chapter aims to conclude that the liberals have a functional and institutional conception of international society. Finally the concept of international society is truly presented through the English School theory, and its theoretical and conceptual characteristics compared to the former two are discussed. The conclusion of this final chapter will be that the English School conceives of international society in an institutional, cultural and value-based manner.
Citation Formats
M. B. Gürsoy, “THE CONCEPT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY IN THE TRADITIONAL IR THEORY,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.