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Realism and International Politics

By Kenneth N. Waltz Copyright 2008
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    Realism and International Politics brings together the collected essays of Kenneth N. Waltz, one of the most important and influential thinkers of international relations in the second half of the twentieth century. His books Man, the State and War and Theory of International Politics are classics of international relations theory and gave birth to the school of thought known as neo-realism or structural realism, out of which many of the current crop of realist scholars and thinkers has emerged. Waltz frames these seminal pieces in his theoretical development by explaining the context in which they were written and, building on the broader aims of these theories, explains the elusive nature of power balancing in today’s international system. It is an essential volume for both students and scholars.

    Part 1: Theory  1. Kant, Liberalism, and War  2. Conflict in World Politics  3. Reflections on Theory of International Politics  4. The Origins of War in Neorealist Theory  5. Realist Thought and Neorealist Theory  6. Evaluating Theories  7. Assaying Theories: Reflections on Imre Lakatos  Part 2: International Politics  8. The Stability of a Bipolar World  9. Contention and Management in International Relations  10. International Structure, National Force, and the Balance of World Power  11. The Myth of National Interdependence  12. The Emerging Structure of International Politics  13. Structural Realism after the Cold War  14. Globalization and Governance  15. The Continuity of International Politics  Part 3: Military Affairs  16. Reason, Will, and Weapons  17. Toward Nuclear Peace  18. Nuclear Myths and Political Realities  19. A Reply (to critics of Sagan and Waltz)  Part 4: Policy  20. The Politics of Peace  21. America’s European Policy Viewed in Global Perspective  22. Another Gap?  23. America as a Model for the World? A Foreign Policy Perspective


    Kenneth N. Waltz is Senior Research Associate at the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He is Emeritus Professor at University of California at Berkeley. He is a past president of both the American Political Science Association.

    "Kenneth Waltz is the most important international relations theorist of the past half century. This collection of his seminal articles will surely be on bookshelves across the world for a long time to come."

    --John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

    "This valuable collection of essays demonstrates why Kenneth Waltz is the preeminent international relations theorist of the post–World War II era. Ranging from political philosophy to practical matters of foreign policy, these essays all exhibit Waltz's clear vision, powerful analysis, and stylish prose. His intellectual courage shines through as well, as does his characteristic wit. These works are not merely informative and richly instructive; they are also a pleasure to read."

    --Stephen M. Walt, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

    "All students of international politics are familiar with Kenneth Waltz's famous books. But many have missed his articles, previously scattered in a number of outlets. They do not duplicate his books, and they have now been brought together to our great benefit. With his characteristic penetrating clarity and insight, Waltz brings enormous intelligence to bear on a range of topics in theory and practice and enriches our understanding of international politics and of his thought."

    --Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor International Politics, Columbia University

    "Kenneth Waltz's essays are brilliant provocations. He forces us, with elegance and precision, to rethink conventional views, stimulating reflection, objection, argument, and reformulation. To discover why Kenneth N. Waltz is the pre-eminent theorist of international politics of his generation, one need only read this book."

    --Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University