After International Relations articulates a systematic critical realist response to a quest for more emancipatory methodologies in International Relations. Heikki Patomäki here establishes a way out of the international relations problematic which has puzzled so many great thinkers and scholars for the last two hundred years. After International Relations shows how and why theories based on the international problematic have failed; articulates an alternative, critical realist research programme; and illustrates how this research programme can be put to work to enable better research and ethico-political practices.

chapter |18 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Overcoming international relations

chapter 2|27 pages

Learning from Alker

From quantitative peace research to emancipatory humanism

part |2 pages

Part II Explicating a critical realist methodology

chapter 4|24 pages

Critical realist social ontology

chapter 5|20 pages

Double hermeneutics of iconic modelling

chapter 6|22 pages

The normative logic of emancipation

part |2 pages

Part III Visions of world politics

chapter 7|26 pages

Modelling Thucydides’ Melos episode

chapter 8|17 pages

A global security community

chapter 9|27 pages

From security to emancipatory world politics

Beyond ‘Nordic nostalgia’