English School theory of international relations: Its origins, concepts, and debates
This article introduces and evaluates the English School of international relations theories. First we discuss the School's roots, traditions, founding fathers and its ontology and methodology. Then the main arguments of the English School (ES) that constitute its core tenets and the grand questions that the founding fathers discussed are presented. In the second part, the two paths - normative and structural - taken by second generation ES scholars are discussed. This article argues that ES has a potential to be a 'grand theory' for the IR literature due to its rich theoretical background that allows both analytical and normative analyses.