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The question of whether the discipline of International Relations IR was in the past and is still now a predominantly American social science is one that has taken up a great deal of discourse in the field of IR Indeed this question has been the driving force for the IR theory course for which this paper was written as evidenced by the title and content of the course textbook at the very least International Relations -- Still an American Social Science Crawford 2001 But how appropriate is it to actually speak of the discipline of Inter-national Relations as famously proclaimed by Stanley Hoffmann as an American social science 1977 If we accept IR as being mainly American what are some of the major implications that arise out of the almost total influence that the Americans have on setting up a conceptual box of what matters in International Relations and what is the correct way to study it This paper will discuss the fundamental problem with the discipline of International Relations if understood as solely an American social science as Hoffman would have you believe it is 1977 and limited to what Holsti for example deems as the main criteria for the study of IR 1985 The International Relations discipline seemingly is failing to even live up to its name and as this paper will demonstrate will not be able to achieve substantial and truly universal insights about the world if it continues to be so heavily American-centric and one-sided This argument will be reached by first identifying the problem that is to say demonstrating that there does exist a major American dominance in the field of IR so large that it could be considered to constitute the actual discipline in that it defines what we call international theory today as Holsti says 1985 vii This will be achieved primarily by looking at the incredible bias for American nationals work in the major periodical publications that
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