Diplomatic Theory: A Focused Comparison Approach

Diplomatic Theory: A Focused Comparison Approach

by Barry H. Steiner

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This book is intended as a primer for generalizing on a case-comparison basis about diplomatic statecraft, including resources and techniques available to states to attain their objectives. Twenty years in the making, it employs an inductive method in which small samples of cases occurring at different times and between different states are studied to track and understand specific variable diplomatic behavior. Its concern with empirically-grounded generalization, in which hypotheses are formulated and tested by case similarities and differences, is a new approach to diplomatic analysis. Diplomacy, though central to international relations study and practice, has generally been studied normatively rather than theoretically, in contrast to other international relations topics. Students of diplomacy, emphasizing statecraft's complexity, have generally shied away from theory, while theory-minded international relations analysts have neglected statecraft and highlighted military capabilities and positional rivalries as determiners of state behavior. This book instead builds diplomatic theory by investigating variation in case experience, especially in the diplomatic choices made by states. It shows that theorizing is enhanced by a diplomatic point of view and by distinguishing diplomatic behavior as cause and as effect.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442239067
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Barry H. Steiner is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.

Table of Contents

List of Cases
List of Tables
Chapter I: Introduction
Chapter II: Toward a Diplomatic Viewpoint
Chapter III: When Diplomatic Communication is Missing
Chapter IV: Bargaining, Negotiation, and Convergent Interests
Chapter V: Diplomacy as Independent and Dependent Variable
Chapter VI: Diplomatic Mediation as an Independent Variable
Chapter VII: To Arms Control or Not
Chapter VIII: Diplomacy as Effect: Public Opinion as Constraint and Pressure
Chapter IX: Seeking Diplomatic Theory: An Interim Report

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