The English School and Global IR - a research agenda

Filippo Costa Buranelli*, Simon F. Taeuber

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This paper explores the different ways in which the English School of International Relations (ES) can contribute to the broader Global IR research agenda. After identifying some of the shared concerns between the ES and Global IR, such as the emphasis placed on history and culture, the paper proceeds with discussing what the authors believe to be the areas in which the ES can align itself more closely with the ideas and values underpinning Global IR: a more thorough engagement with the origins of global international society rooted in dispossession, violence, and colonialism; a more localised and diverse understanding of ‘society’; a sharper and more grounded conceptualisation of ‘the state’ as a basic ontology; an embracement of the interpretivist principle of charity; and a problematisation of assumptions of ‘globality’ of international society. The paper concludes with a tentative research agenda, emphasising the value of fieldwork, local practices and languages, archives, and a theorisation of international society that is grounded in the very social contexts being investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
JournalAll Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2022


  • English School
  • Eurocentrism
  • Global IR
  • Gounded theory
  • Locality


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