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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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The Neoclassical Realist Research Paradigm and Its Independent Variable

The Neoclassical Realist Research Paradigm and Its Independent Variable

(p.33) Chapter 2 The Neoclassical Realist Research Paradigm and Its Independent Variable
Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

Norrin M. Ripsman

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Steven E. Lobell

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines our conception of the international system, including Waltzian structural variables and structural modifiers, and traces the development of neoclassical research theory. The chapter explains the role of the foreign policy executive in international politics and how he or she views the international environment, the procedure for making decisions, and the implementation of policies. Over a hundred years historical events in Britain, Germany, France, and the United States are summarized as well as how the events impacted political leaders. We also elucidate the important neoclassical realist variables of the permissiveness/restrictiveness of the international system and the clarity of the international system.

Keywords:   neoclassical realism, power, international relations, international system, structure, clarity, permissive strategic environment, restrictive strategic environment

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