Why don’t we have coherent theories of international relations about globalization?

Arie M. Kacowicz, Mor Mitrani

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This article offers a systematic and critical attempt to consider the question of why the discipline of international relations is at something of a loss to deal with the concept of globalization at a theoretical level. The article discusses this theoretical deficit by raising the following questions: How should we cope with globalization from an IR perspective? Why don’t we have coherent theories of IR about globalization? What should we do about that? We argue that although there is a theoretical need to theorize globalization in the framework of conventional IR theories, there are serious impediments that preclude us from developing coherent IR theories about globalization, mainly due to the inherent incompatibility between the features of conventional IR theories and the concept and realities of globalization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)189-208
Number of pages20
JournalGlobal Governance
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016

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  • Global governance
  • Globalization
  • International relations theories


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