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Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics$
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Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, and Steven E. Lobell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899234.001.0001

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Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

(p.1) Introduction
Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

Norrin M. Ripsman

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Steven E. Lobell

Oxford University Press

The Introduction lays out the mission of the book—to make a case for neoclassical realist theory of international politics, rather than simply an approach to the study of foreign policy. It lays a foundation for a neoclassical research that focuses on events, which shape foreign policy. It explains why neoclassical realist theory should explain foreign policy, international outcomes, and structural change more effectively than structural realist, liberal, and constructivist alternatives. The Introduction concludes with an overview of the book that highlights the material discussed in each chapter and provides a detailed discussion of research design and procedures used by theorists of international relations.

Keywords:   neoclassical realism, power, international relations, grand strategy, foreign policy, crisis behavior, International relations theories, realism

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