Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World

Paperback | April 15, 2013

EditorMartha Finnemore, Judith Goldstein

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No scholar better exemplifies the intellectual challenges foisted on the Neorealist school of international relations than prominent scholar Stephen Krasner (Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Studies, the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Humanities andSciences, and Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department 2005-2007). Throughout his career he has wrestled with realism's promises and limitations. Krasner has always been a prominent defender of realism and the importance of power understood in material terms, whether military oreconomic. Yet realist frameworks rarely provided a complete explanation for outcomes, in Krasner's analyses, and much of his work involved understanding power's role in situations not well explained by realism. If states seek power, why do we see cooperation? If hegemony promotes cooperation whydoes cooperation continue in the face of America's decline? Do states actually pursue their national interests or do domestic structures and values derail the rational pursuit of material objectives? Krasner's explanations were as diverse as were the problems. They pushed, to use his phrase, "thelimits of realism." Edited by Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein, Back to Basics asks scholars to reflect on the role power plays in contemporary politics and how a power politics approach is influential today. The arguments made by the authors in this volume speak to one of three themes that run through Krasner'swork: state power and hegemony; the relationship between states and markets; conceptions of the nation state in international politics. These themes appeared regularly in Krasner's scholarship as he wrestled, over his career, with fundamental questions of inter-state politics. Contributors largelyagree on the centrality of power but diverge substantially on the ways power is manifest and should be measured and understood. Many of the contributors confronted the same intellectual dilemmas as Krasner in struggling to define power and its relationship to interests, yet their responses aredifferent. Together, these essays explore new ways of thinking about power's role in contemporary politics and demonstrate the concepts continued relevance for both policy and theory.

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No scholar better exemplifies the intellectual challenges foisted on the Neorealist school of international relations than prominent scholar Stephen Krasner (Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Studies, the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Humanities andSciences, and Director of Policy Planning at the US...

Martha Finnemore is University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Judith Goldstein is Janet M. Peck Professor in International Communication at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introductory Essays: Realism as an Intellectual Tradition1. Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein: Puzzles about Power2. Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein: Power Politics in the Contemporary World: Lessons from the Scholarship of Stephen Krasner3. Robert O. Keohane: Stephen Krasner: Subversive RealistTheoretical Reflections on Power, States, and Sovereignty4. David A. Lake: Authority, Coercion, and Power in International Relations5. Thomas Risse: Governance under Limited Sovereignty6. Etel Solingen: Three Scenes of Sovereignty and Power7. Peter J. Katzenstein: States and Power as Ur-Force: Domestic Traditions and Embedded Actors in World PoliticsState Power and the Global Economy8. Benjamin J. Cohen: Currency and State Power9. Richard H. Steinberg: International Trade Law as a Mechanism for State Transformation10. Peter Gourevitch: Choice and Constraint in the Great Recession of 2008The Subversive Effects of Globalization11. Arthur A. Stein: Power Politics and the Powerless12. Lloyd Gruber: Globalization and Openness: Would a Rational Hegemon Still Prefer Openness?13. Daniel W. Drezner: The Tragedy of the Global Institutional Commons14. Robert Jervis: Causation and Responsibility in a Complex World15. Stephen D. Krasner: Power, Bargaining, and Persuasion: Unevenly Mapped Terrain