Prof Toni Erskine, Prof David Welch, and Prof Stefano Guzzini

Prof Toni Erskine, Prof David Welch, and Prof Stefano Guzzini

New editorial team for ‘International Theory’ journal includes Bell School Director

12 February 2019

Congratulations to our School Director, Professor Toni Erskine, who has been announced as one of three new Editors of International Theory - a journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy.

Professor Toni Erskine, the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, is joined by Professor David Welch from the University of Waterloo in Canada and Professor Stefano Guzzini from Uppsala University in Sweden. They will hold their editorship for five years.

International Theory (IT) is a peer-reviewed journal which promotes theoretical scholarship about the positive, legal, and normative aspects of world politics. The journal publishes theory of absolutely all varieties and from all disciplines, as long as it addresses problems of politics and pertains to the international sphere.

IT welcomes scholarship that uses evidence from the real world to advance theoretical arguments. However, IT is intended as a forum where scholars can develop theoretical arguments in depth without an expectation of extensive empirical analysis.

The Cambridge University Press Academic journal was established ten years ago and has thrived under the expert editorship of Professor Christian Reus-Smit (University of Queensland, Australia), Professor Duncan Snidal (Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK) and Professor Alexander Wendt (The Ohio State University, USA)

Professor Welch said he is “humbled and honoured to serve with Toni and Stefano on the new editorial team”, and paid kudos to the previous editors, acknowledging their “enormous shoes to fill”.

Professor Erskine expressed her gratitude to the three previous editors “for their incredible vision, leadership and service to the discipline over the past ten years as they’ve established this important journal”.

The journal’s over-arching goal is to promote communication and engagement across theoretical and disciplinary traditions. IT puts a premium on contributors’ ability to reach as broad an audience as possible, both in the questions they engage and in their accessibility to other approaches. This might be done by addressing problems that can only be understood by combining multiple disciplinary discourses, like institutional design, or practical ethics; or by addressing phenomena that have broad ramifications, like civilizing processes in world politics, or the evolution of environmental norms. IT is also open to work that remains within one scholarly tradition, although in that case authors must make clear the horizon of their arguments in relation to other theoretical approaches.

Congratulations to Toni, David and Stefano on their new appointment.

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