International Relations Theory: Realism, Pluralism, Globalism, and Beyond / Edition 3

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A rich and diverse collection of theoretical essays and excerpts, this volume divides and organizes the material by category for clarity and comprehensiveness. Selections range from the works of Thucydides to Alexander Wendt and comprise a rich and thorough overview of International Relations literature. Sections are organized by categories related to Globalism, Realism, and Pluralism. For anyone with an interest in International Relations Theories.

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A class text designed to discuss and illustrate the theory and why theorizing is important, to analyze and assess the underlying assumptions and images that influence scholarly work in the field, provide a representational sample of theoretical works, introduce key concepts, and encourage readers to scrutinize critically conceptual and theoretical works in international politics. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Previously published in 1987 and 1993; the open door at the end of the subtitle is new to this edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205292530
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/6/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 509
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Theory, Images, and International Relations: An Introduction 1
What Is Theory? 3
Alternative Images 5
Realism - Major Actors and Assumptions 5
Pluralism - Major Actors and Assumptions 7
Globalism - Major Actors and Assumptions 8
Images of International Relations: Some Qualifications 11
The Levels of Analysis 13
2 Realism: The State, Power, and the Balance of Power 35
Major Actors and Assumptions: A Summary 35
Intellectual Precursors and Influences 37
Thucydides 37
Machiavelli 39
Hobbes 40
Grotius 41
Clausewitz 42
Carr 42
Power 44
Definitions 44
Measurement 44
System 45
System as Interactions 47
System as Anarchy and the Distribution of Capabilities 47
Balance of Power and System Stability 53
Interdependence 55
Interdependence and Vulnerability 55
Interdependence and Economics 56
Interdependence, Peace, and Hegemony 57
Change 59
Realists and Their Critics: An Overview 61
Realism: The Term Itself 61
The System and Determinism 62
Realists and the State 63
Realists and the Balance of Power 64
Realism and Change 64
Realism: The Entire Enterprise 65
3 Pluralism: Decision Making, Transnationalism, and Interdependence 228
Major Actors and Assumptions: A Summary 228
Intellectual Precursors and Influences 229
Liberalism 230
Interest Group Liberalism 232
Decision Making 233
The Individual and Small Groups 235
Organizational Process and Bureaucratic Politics 238
Transnationalism 239
Modernization 239
Integration 241
Interdependence and Regimes 243
System 245
Change 247
Pluralists and Their Critics: An Overview 248
Anarchy 248
Theory Building 249
Voluntarism 249
Ethnocentrism 250
4 Globalism: Dependency and the World Capitalist System 449
Major Actors and Assumptions: A Summary 449
Intellectual Precursors and Influences 461
Karl Marx 451
Hobson and Imperialism 452
Lenin 453
Luxemburg and Revolution vs. Reform 455
Dependency Theorists 455
ECLA and UNCTAD Arguments 455
Radical Critiques 457
Domestic Forces 458
The Capitalist World-System 459
System 460
Political, Economic, and Social Factors 461
Change 462
Globalists and Their Critics: An Overview 464
The Question of Causality 464
Reliance on Economics 464
System Dominance 465
Theoretical Rigidity 465
Accounting for Anomalies 466
Defining Alternatives and Science as Ideology 466
Responses 467
5 Normative Considerations and International Relations Theory 532
Moral Choice: Alternative Criteria 533
The Problem of Justice and War 535
Alternative Images and Foreign Policy Choice 536
Rationality and Foreign Policy Choice 538
Values, Choices, and Theory 539
6 Conclusion 568
Underlying Images 569
Theory Building 570
Normative Concerns 571
Glossary 574
Index 599
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