Critical and scientific realism have emerged as important perspectives on international relations in recent years. The attraction of these approaches lies in the claim that they can transcend the positivism vs postpositivism divide. This book demonstrates the vitality of this approach and the difference that 'realism' makes.
'Some of the most interesting new work in international relations scholarship is conducted under the banner of "scientific" or "critical" realism, and this book brings together many of the major figures in this field in a collection that will be required reading for senior scholars and students alike.' - Chris Brown, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
'This impressive book breaks new ground in articulating scientific realism and explaining its relevance to international relations theory. It offers exceptionally clear discussions of key epistemological and ontological issues in social theory, and demonstrates their significance for a range of substantive topics in the study of world politics, including international law, global governance, Marxism, and the state. A significant step forward for scientific realism in international relations.' David Dessler, Associate Professor of Government, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, USA
'Thought provoking for anyone interested in the concept, which will open many avenues for theorizing in international relations in years to come, within and outside of critical theory circles.' - International Studies Review