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Realism and the Balancing of Power A New Debate

ISBN-10: 0130908665
ISBN-13: 9780130908667
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $116.40
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This book explores all aspects of an important scholarly debate that has widespread implications for the political world, including the making of foreign policy--i.e., a debate over whether the contemporary theory of the balance of power as presented by Kenneth Waltz is a scientifically acceptable theory. It allows readers to examine and analyze the different views (in their original form) by all those in the debate and to come to their own conclusions. An Introduction gives an overview of the debate, defines and clarifies in simple language some of the major concepts used in philosophy of science, sets the historical context of the debate, and explains why it is important for both international relations theory and foreign policy making. An editorial commentary for each article highlights areas of agreement and disagreement with the other authors. First presents the original articles in the initial debate with responses from several of the leading international relations theorists in the field--Kenneth Waltz, Thomas Christensen, Jack Snyder, Colin Elman, Miriam Fendius Elman, Randall Schweller, and Stephen Walt. Then features response from scholars who take differing methodological approaches and who have disparate views on realism and balancing of power (e.g., Jack S. Levy, Paul W. Schroeder, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Zeev Maoz, Richard Rosecrance, Charles L. Glaser, William C. Wohlforth, Michael Barnett). For anyone interested in the philosophical underpinnings of international relations.

Introduction: Appraising Balance of Power Theory
The Initial Debate
The Realist Paradigm and Degenerative versus Progressive Research Programs: An Appraisal of Neotraditional Research on Waltz's Balancing Proposition
Evaluating Theories
Progressive Research on Degenerate Alliances
New Realist Research on Alliances: Refining, Not Refuting, Waltz's Balancing Proposition
Lakatos and Neorealism: A Reply to Vasquez
The New Debate on Balancing Power: A Reply to My Critics
New Contributions
Why Realism Does Not Work Well for International History (Whether or Not It Represents a Degenerate IR Research Strategy
Balances and Balancing: Concepts, Propositions, and Research Design
Is There a Balance of Power
Neorealism's Logic and Evidence: When Is a Theory Falsified?
Paradoxical Functions of International Alliances: Does Regime Type Make a Difference?
Alliances, Balances of Threat, and Neorealism: The Accidental Coup
Measuring Powerand the Power of Theories
The Natural and Necessary Evolution of Structural Realism
Conclusions
Closing Dialogue
Combined References

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