Old theory of realism gets a facelift
A well-known theory in international relations, realism is based on states’ power and reality. It considers people as selfish and uncooperative. Some scholars argue realism is out-of-date because it does not take into account globalisation, integration, economic interdependence and international trade. The EU-funded RELEVANT REALISM project will develop a new, innovative, nostalgia-free concept of realism called “relevant realism”. To validate this new theory, it will be applied to current political problems. These include the rise of authoritarianism and the apparent ineffectiveness of current truth-concepts, and communicative strategies in countering totalitarian, authoritarian, and simplistic-populist discourses.