Book Chapter

Teleology, Cyclicality and Episodism: Three Competing Views of Change in International Relations

Michael Wesley

Change! Combining Analytic Approaches with Street Wisdom, Canberra | ANU Press | Published : 2015


The discipline of international relations is divided by competing conceptions of change. International relations formed as a modern discipline in response to humanity’s growing destructiveness as monarchs, states and societies repeatedly went to war with each other. Twentieth-century scholarship in international relations grew up alongside a hopeful project embodied in an international movement: that if subjected to rational research and the close attention of concerned citizens, inter-state relations could be prevented from descending into the carnage of another world war.1

University of Melbourne Researchers