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International Relations and the Problem of Time

Andrew R. Hom


What is time and how does it influence our knowledge of international politics? For decades International Relations (IR) paid little explicit attention to time. Recently this began to change as a range of scholars took an interest in the temporal dimensions of politics. Yet IR still has not fully addressed the issue of why time matters, nor has it reflected on its own use of time—how temporal assumptions and ideas affect the way we understand political phenomena. Moreover, IR remains beholden to two seemingly contradictory visions of time: the time of the clock and a long-standing tradition of ... More

Keywords: International Relations, timing, time, temporality, narrative, methodology, disciplinary history, historical institutionalism, quantitative, critical approaches

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew R. Hom, author
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh

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