Theories of Theory - and Securitisation Theory's kind of Theory

The discipline of International Relations has been exceedingly unfocused in its discussions of ‘theory', never engaging explicitly in debates or explorations on the possible meanings of ‘theory'. The project on ‘theories of theories' has looked during the last year at two previous key episodes in the discipline - the birth of IR realism in the 1940s-50s in the US and its re-birth as neorealism in 1979 - in order to clarify the terms for a discussion of securitisation theory: is it a theory in the classical scientific sense, should it be, and what guidelines for improvements on the theory can be drawn from a more precise understanding of the nature and structure of theory in both natural and social sciences?

Ole Wæver was the primary researcher on the project.


Ole Wæver
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