Economics-Focused Articles in the Journal Mezinárodní Vztahy as a Reflection of the Specifics of Czech Research
AbstractOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the academic journal Mezinárodní vztahy, the developments of International Relations as a scientific discipline in former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic that took place so far are subjected to critical reflection. In this context, the article analyzes research papers focused on international economic relations that were published in the periods 1966–1969 and 1992–2015, i.e., the key periods of the journal. It puts the papers into the context of International Political Economy and highlights the differences between the outcomes of the research in former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and the international trends and standards for such research. At the same time, the paper captures the initial coherence of the research with the political needs of the state, at first the socialist Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic in transition, and its gradual overcoming of this coherence. It also examines the institutional framework for the research. Due to the diversity of the set of texts in focus, the analysis leans on simple general criteria – the prevailing perspectives used for the analysis of the international economic relations, correspondence with the main branches of International Political Economy, qualitative vs. quantitative methodology and the basic typology of institutions involved in international relations research.
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