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The Power of Power Politics
From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521442350

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  • This book provides an intellectual history of international relations theory from 1919 to the present, examining the dominance of realist theories, and their limited ability to explain world politics accurately. The volume presents the original text of John Vasquez's classic 1983 volume, The Power of Power Politics, analyzing classical realism and quantitative international politics, plus six new chapters covering the most important intellectual currents relevant to the debate on realism. This book is a major contribution to debates over realism in international relations, of interest to students as well as scholars.

    • New edition of a classic in international relations theory, with six new chapters (half the book) covering Vasquez's views on the latest trends in the subject
    • Provides a history of international relations theory, plus a survey of the main theoretical perspectives, in accessible form. Suitable for classroom use at senior undergraduate level upwards
    • Vasquez is a leading US scholar. His previous book with Cambridge The War Puzzle (1993) has done well
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    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521442350
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Classical Realism and Quantitative International Politics:
    1. The role of paradigms in scientific enquiry: a conceptual framework and a set of principles for paradigm evaluation
    2. The role of the realist paradigm in the development of a scientific study of international relations
    3. Research design: defining and operationalizing the realist paradigm
    4. Theory construction as a paradigm-directed activity
    5. Data making as a paradigm-directed activity
    6. Research as a paradigm-directed activity
    7. Evaluation: the adequacy of the realist paradigm
    8. Theory and research in the 1970s: the emerging anomalies
    Part II. Neorealism and Neotraditionalism: International Relations Theory at the Millennium:
    9. Retrospective: neorealism and the power of power politics
    10. The promise and potential pitfalls of post-modernism: the need for theory reappraisal
    11. The realist paradigm as a degenerating research program: neotraditionalism and Waltz's balancing proposition
    12. Mearsheimer's multipolar myths and the false promise of realist policy prescriptions: the empirical inaccuracy of the realist paradigm
    13. Challenging the relevance and explanatory power of the realist paradigm: the debate on the end of the Cold War
    14. Conclusion: the continuing inadequacy of the realist paradigm.

  • Author

    John A. Vasquez, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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