1st Edition

Power and Progress International Politics in Transition

By Jack Snyder Copyright 2012
    328 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    '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