Security and International Relations / Edition 1

Security and International Relations / Edition 1

by Edward A. Kolodziej
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521001161

ISBN-13: 9780521001168

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This new textbook presents security studies as a branch of international relations theory, providing readers with the critical conceptual tools to develop their expertise. The author evaluates the claims of rival theories-realism, neorealism, liberal institutionalism, classical economic liberalism, and Marxism-to explain why international actors choose or eschew force

Overview

This new textbook presents security studies as a branch of international relations theory, providing readers with the critical conceptual tools to develop their expertise. The author evaluates the claims of rival theories-realism, neorealism, liberal institutionalism, classical economic liberalism, and Marxism-to explain why international actors choose or eschew force and coercive threats in order to elicit favorable outcomes in their interdependent exchanges. Also assessed are behaviorism and constructivism, contesting approaches to validating prevailing security paradigms. The author argues that only an interdisciplinary approach to security, drawing on the insights of each perspective, can meet the rigorous requirements of testable theory and the practical needs of actors in an increasingly globalizing world. The book will provide students and scholars of international relations and security studies with a valuable new survey of the subject, and includes essay questions and guides to further reading.

About the Author:
Edward A. Kolodziej is Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521001168
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
Themes in International Relations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and figures     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction     1
Introduction to international security and security studies
International relations and international security: boundaries, levels of analysis, and falsifying theories     11
The foundations of security studies: Hobbes, Clausewitz, and Thucydides     48
Testing security theories: explaining the rise and demise of the Cold War     77
Contending security theories
Realism, neorealism and liberal institutionalism     127
Economic liberalism and Marxism     175
Validating security theories
Behaviorism     227
Constructivism     259
Conclusions
Whither international security and security studies?     307
References     319
Index     347

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