Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy by Steven E. Lobell, Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

By Steven E. Lobell, Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Neoclassical realism is a crucial new method of diplomacy. concentrating on the interplay of the foreign process and the inner dynamics of states, neoclassical realism seeks to provide an explanation for the grand recommendations of person states in preference to recurrent styles of foreign results. This ebook bargains the 1st systematic survey of the neoclassical realist technique. The editors lead a gaggle of senior and rising students in offering quite a few neoclassical realist ways to states' grand ideas. They learn the important function of the 'state' and search to provide an explanation for why, how, and lower than what stipulations the interior features of states intrude among their leaders' checks of foreign threats and possibilities, and the particular diplomatic, army, and overseas fiscal guidelines these leaders tend to pursue.

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Under what circumstances will states emulate the successful military institutions, governing practices, and technologies of more powerful states? When confronted with similarly threatening international environments, why do some states emulate, while others fail to do so? Under what circumstances will states create entirely new military institutions, practices, and technologies in an effort to offset the perceived advantages of rival states? Neorealist balance of power theory holds that the international system compels states to adopt similar adaptive strategies – namely, balancing and emulation – or risk possible elimination as independent entities.

27–34. See Patrick James, International Relations and Scientific Progress: Structural Realism Reconsidered (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2002). On the desirable attributes of social science theories, see Stephen Van Evera, Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997), pp. 17–21. ” pp. 21–5. 24 J. W. Taliaferro, S. E. Lobell, and N. M. Ripsman What is neoclassical realism’s conception of the state and how, if at all, does that conception improve upon the treatments of the state found in neorealism and other schools of international relations theory?

Ripsman 3. Resource extraction, domestic mobilization, and policy implementation • How do states mobilize the resources necessary to pursue their chosen security policies? • How much power do domestic actors have to obstruct the state when it seeks to mobilize resources in different settings? • What determines who is more successful in bargaining games between the state and societal groups? In subsequent chapters, our contributors provide a range of answers to these questions to provide a better understanding of neoclassical realism and the intersection of international and domestic forces in shaping foreign policy.

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