Logics of Systemic Theory: Making International Relations International Again

Year
2017
Type(s)
Author(s)
Braumoeller, Bear F., and Benjamin Campbell
Source
In Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory, ed. William Thompson
Url
http://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.295
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The history of systemic theory in international relations is a tragedy of bad timing: Interest in systemic theory and awareness of its importance preceded widespread understanding of the methodologies needed to formulate and test it. In the intervening decades, dyadic studies dominated empirical studies of international relations to such an extent that the influences of the international system on actors’ behavior and vice versa were all but forgotten. This need not be the case. Through the lenses of four methodologies, systemic theory can be surveyed to capture their logics in order to highlight the value and feasibility of systemic theorizing.