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Title: Chaper 1. Complexity theory as a new lens in international relations : system and change
Authors: Tomé, Luis
Açıkalın, Şuay Nilhan
Keywords: Complexity theory
IR theory
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: Discussions over shifting from linearity to nonlinearity in natural sciences have led to unexpected reflections in social sciences. Nonlinear theories have gained a new momentum in our understanding of complex and complicated social events. Similarly, the changing patterns of international relations (IR) encourage us to reconsider the dimensions of international systems and discuss the concept of change and order. This paper seeks to explain the contribution of complexity theory to the understanding of the international system and its change. Firstly, it justifies the need for a new approach in IR theorization in the light of the limits of conventional IR theories as well as of the changing patterns from linearity to nonlinearity. Then, it demonstrates the usefulness of complexity theory’s core assumptions to define the international system, the idea of change and the agent-structure debate.
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