Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

by Ken Booth, Nicholas Wheeler
     
 

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This major new contribution to the study of internatioal politics provides the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of the "security dilemma," the phrase used to describe the mistrust and fear which is often thought to be the inevitable consequence of living in a world of sovereign states. By exploring the theory and practice of the security dilemma through

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This major new contribution to the study of internatioal politics provides the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of the "security dilemma," the phrase used to describe the mistrust and fear which is often thought to be the inevitable consequence of living in a world of sovereign states. By exploring the theory and practice of the security dilemma through the prisms of fear, cooperation and trust, it considers whether the security dilemma can be mitigated or even transcended analyzing a wide range of historical and contemporary cases

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"An excellent book which has already stimulated me to rethink some aspects of a field in which I have worked for many years. I can recommend it to both experts and students." -- Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"A major theoretical contribution on one of the core concepts in internationalpolitics. It is filled with smart insights and treats other approaches in a fair and
sophisticated way. No future scholar will be able to write about the security
dilemma without engaging this cutting-edge work." -- John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

"Learned and incisive, yet also impressively clear and balanced, this long-
anticipated book has been well worth the wait. Booth and Wheeler put the
concept of the security dilemma at the centre of how we should think about
international relations knitting the whole subject together so well around their
core theme that this could easily be used as a main teaching textbook in IR.
It is hard to think of a better written or more stimulating (re)introduction to the
subject than this."-- Barry Buzan, London School of Economics.

"A landmark work of great intellectual depth and normative contemplation. This
book speaks to theorists, policymakers, and global citizens as they grapple with
the most daunting issues of our time." -- Geoffrey Wiseman, University of
Southern California and formerly of UN Secretary-General's Office

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333587454
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

KEN BOOTH, Professor, is Head of the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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