Security and International Relations / Edition 1

Security and International Relations / Edition 1

by Edward A. Kolodziej
     
 

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… See more details below

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

Read More

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

Pt. IIntroduction to international security and security studies
1International relations and international security : boundaries, levels of analysis, and falsifying theories11
2The foundations of security studies : Hobbes, Clausewitz, and Thucydides48
3Testing security theories : explaining the rise and demise of the Cold War77
Pt. IIContending security theories
4Realism, neorealism and liberal institutionalism127
5Economic liberalism and Marxism175
Pt. IIIValidating security theories
6Behaviorism227
7Constructivism259
8Whither international security and security studies?307

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >