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Introduction Renée MaRlin-Bennett and thoMas J. BieRstekeR

The academic study of International Relations (IR) is a heavily contested domain and has been divided into different contending schools of thought, approaches, theories, and methodologies. Some approaches claim to be rationalist; others claim to be critical and constructivist. A proliferation of labels has been attached or adopted to describe these different approaches: realist, liberal, feminist, constructivist, English School, and more. Do we really need another label? What added insight might be provided by an Alkerian approach to global studies?