Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics by Norrin M. RipsmanNeoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics by Norrin M. Ripsman

Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

byNorrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Steven E. Lobell

Paperback | April 29, 2016

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Since Gideon Rose's 1998 review article in the journal World Politics and especially following the release of Lobell, Ripsman, and Taliaferro's 2009 edited volume Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy, neoclassical realism has emerged as major theoretical approach to the study offoreign policy on both sides of the Atlantic. Proponents of neoclassical realism claim that it is the logical extension of the Kenneth Waltz's structural realism into the realm of foreign policy. In Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Relations, Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, andSteven E. Lobell argue that neoclassical realism is far more than an extension of Waltz's structural realism or an effort to update the classical realism of Hans Morgenthau, E.H. Carr, and Henry Kissinger with the language of modern social science. Rejecting the artificial distinction that Waltzdraws between theories of international politics and theories of foreign policy, the authors contend neoclassical realism can explain and predict phenomena ranging from short-term crisis-behavior, to foreign policy, to patterns of grand strategic adjustment by individual states up to long-termpatterns of international outcomes. It is, therefore, a more powerful theory of international politics than structural realism. Yet it is also a more intuitively satisfying approach than liberal Innenpolitik theories or constructivism. The authors detail the variables and assumptions of neoclassical realist theory, address various aspects of theory construction and methodology, lay out the areas of convergence and sharp disagreement with other leading theoretical approaches - liberalism, constructivism, analytic eclecticism, andforeign policy analysis (FPA) - and demonstrate how neoclassical realist theory can be used to resolve longstanding puzzles and debates in international relations theory.
Norrin M. Ripsman is Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and the author of Peacemaking by Democracies: The Effect of State Autonomy on the Post-World War Settlements.Jeffrey W. Taliaferro is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and the author of Balancing Risks: Great Power Intervent...
Title:Neoclassical Realist Theory of International PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:April 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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