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Power and Progress

International Politics in Transition, 1st Edition

By Jack Snyder


316 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Jack Snyder is a leading American international relations scholar with an international reputation for his research on IR theory and US Foreign policy. This book collects many of his most important essays into a single volume.

Exploring a liberal realist theory of international politics, the book is arranged around three key subject areas:

  • Anarchy and Its Effects
  • The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation
  • Empire and the Promotion of a Liberal Order

With a new introduction to frame the selected essays, this collection examines how developing nations evolve political systems, and fit into a world dominated by liberal-democracies. It looks to the future for the current dominant powers in a changing world of international relations and at the challenges to their leadership. Featuring a new conclusion, developed from the assembled chapters, this is a fascinating and vital collection of scholarship from one of the most influential theorists of his generation.

Power and Progress is an invaluable text for students and scholars of international relations, and those interested in the debates on liberalism and realism, and comparative politics.


'The contribution of Power and progress: international politics in transition to the international relations scholarship is unquestionable. The book offers a well-developed toolkit for understanding, analyzing and predicting both the international and domestic political development in the contemporary 'hybrid' world order.' - Maja Ruzic, Researcher, International Issues & Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs, 2012

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Anarchy and Its Effects 2. Chain Gangs and Passed Bucks with Thomas Christensen 3. Averting Anarchy in the New Europe 4. Civil War and the Security Dilemma with Robert Jervis 5. Anarchy and Culture Part 2: The Challenges of Democratic Transition 6. Turbulent Transitions: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War with Edward Mansfield 7. Nationalism and the Marketplace of Ideas with Karen Ballentine 8. Democratization and Civil War, with Edward Mansfield 9. Russian Backwardness and the Future of Europe Part 3: Empire and the Promotion of a Liberal Order 10. Myths of Empire and Strategies of Hegemony 11. Empire: A Blunt Tool for Democratization 12. Free Hand Abroad, Divide and Rule at Home with Robert Y. Shapiro and Yaeli Bloch-Elkon 13. Trials and Errors: Principles and Pragmatism in International Justice with Leslie Vinjamuri 14. Conclusion: Summarizing Prescriptions in Such Areas as Offshore Balancing, Democracy Promotion, and Human Rights

About the Author

Jack L. Snyder is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

About the Series

Security and Governance

International Editorial Board

Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University, Richard Caplan, University of Oxford
Neta Crawford, Boston University, Stuart Croft, University of Warwick, Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Michael Doyle, Columbia University, Lynn Eden, Stanford University, Takashi Inoguchi, Chuo University and University of Tokyo, Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington, Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Bruce Russett, Yale University, Timothy Sisk, University of Denver, Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto, Stephen Stedman, Stanford University and Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia

This series publishes high quality original research that reflects broadening conceptions of security and the growing nexus between the study of governance issues and security issues. Scholarship published in the series will meet the highest academic standards, and will be both theoretically innovative and policy-relevant. Work appearing in the series will be at the cutting edge of debates taking place at the intersection of security studies and governance studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General