Realism and the Balancing of Power A New Debate
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Description: 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.
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List price: $116.40
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|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|
|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|
|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|