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Rational Theory of International Politics: The Logic of Competition and Cooperation
     

Rational Theory of International Politics: The Logic of Competition and Cooperation

by Charles L. Glaser
 

ISBN-10: 0691143722

ISBN-13: 9780691143729

Pub. Date: 05/23/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Within the realist school of international relations, a prevailing view holds that the anarchic structure of the international system invariably forces the great powers to seek security at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to an unrelenting struggle for power and dominance. Rational Theory of International Politics offers a more nuanced

Overview

Within the realist school of international relations, a prevailing view holds that the anarchic structure of the international system invariably forces the great powers to seek security at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to an unrelenting struggle for power and dominance. Rational Theory of International Politics offers a more nuanced alternative to this view, one that provides answers to the most fundamental and pressing questions of international relations.

Why do states sometimes compete and wage war while at other times they cooperate and pursue peace? Does competition reflect pressures generated by the anarchic international system or rather states' own expansionist goals? Are the United States and China on a collision course to war, or is continued coexistence possible? Is peace in the Middle East even feasible? Charles Glaser puts forward a major new theory of international politics that identifies three kinds of variables that influence a state's strategy: the state's motives, specifically whether it is motivated by security concerns or "greed"; material variables, which determine its military capabilities; and information variables, most importantly what the state knows about its adversary's motives.

Rational Theory of International Politics demonstrates that variation in motives can be key to the choice of strategy; that the international environment sometimes favors cooperation over competition; and that information variables can be as important as material variables in determining the strategy a state should choose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143729
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2010
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Setting Up the Theory 23

Chapter 3 The Theory 51

Chapter 4 Extensions of the Theory 93

Chapter 5 Counterarguments 127

Chapter 6 Placing the Theory in the IR Theory Landscape 148

Chapter 7 Evaluating the Theory from Within 172

Chapter 8 Evaluating the Theory-Important Cases and Useful Comparisons 206

Chapter 9 Applying the Theory to Arms Races; Testing It with Counterfactuals 228

Chapter 10 Summary and Policy Implications 269

Bibliography 283

Index 305

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