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date: 04 March 2021

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During its formative years, the discipline of International Relations (IR) combined explanatory, normative, descriptive, and interpretative understandings of international relations, but over the last few decades the mainstream discipline has focused on explanation, relegating normative and interpretive issues to a secondary status within the field. International Political Theory (IPT) has developed as a response to this neo-positivist turn; the ultimate aim of IPT is to reshape the discourse and return to a discipline where explanatory and normative issues are not separated. IPT draws on the history of international thought, theories produced by modern analytical political theorists and critical theorists, and the contribution of IR theorists who have maintained an interest in normative issues.

Keywords: neo-positivism, normative theory, International Relations Theory, Critical Theory, English School

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