Religion and International Relations Theory by Jack SnyderReligion and International Relations Theory by Jack Snyder

Religion and International Relations Theory

EditorJack Snyder

Paperback | March 31, 2011

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Religious concerns stand at the center of international politics, yet key paradigms in international relations, namely realism, liberalism, and constructivism, barely consider religion in their analysis of political subjects. The essays in this collection rectify this. Authored by leading scholars, they introduce models that integrate religion into the study of international politics and connect religion to a rising form of populist politics in the developing world.

Contributors identify religion as pervasive and distinctive, forcing a reframing of international relations theory that reinterprets traditional paradigms. One essay draws on both realism and constructivism in the examination of religious discourse and transnational networks. Another positions secularism not as the opposite of religion but as a comparable type of worldview drawing on and competing with religious ideas. With the secular state's perceived failure to address popular needs, religion has become a banner for movements that demand a more responsive government. The contributors to this volume recognize this trend and propose structural and theoretical innovations for future advances in the discipline.

Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and National Conflict; and Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and Int...
Title:Religion and International Relations TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pagesPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231153392

ISBN - 13:9780231153393

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, by Jack Snyder2. The Fall and Rise of Religion in International Relations: History and Theory, by Timothy Samuel Shah and Daniel Philpott3. Secularism and International Relations Theory, by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd4. Another Great Awakening? International Relations Theory and Religion, by Michael Barnett5. Religion, Rationality, and Violence, by Monica Duffy Toft6. Religion and International Relations: No Leap of Faith Required, by Daniel H. Nexon7. In the Service of State and Nation: Religion in East Asia, by Il Hyun Cho and Peter J. Katzenstein8. Conclusion: Religion's Contribution to International Relations Theory, by Emily Cochran Bech and Jack SnyderList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

... the book is easy to read and is a great source for scholars who are interested in the roots of secularism and the resurgence of religion. The contributors also elegantly tie their research to international relations theory in their respective conclusions.