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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 Intervening Variables

Neoclassical Realist Intervening Variables

(p.58) Chapter 3 Neoclassical Realist Intervening Variables
Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

Norrin M. Ripsman

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Steven E. Lobell

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 details and delimits the range of unit-level intervening variables employed by neoclassical realists. In particular, it identifies four broad classes of intervening variables, which include: (1) leader images, (2) strategic culture, (3) domestic institutions, and (4) state-society relations. Within the variables are models, such as psychological and bureaucratic/organizational, which reflect other approaches to foreign policy analysis. All of which lead to policy response and international outcomes. It then explains how each of these intervening variable clusters affects the three intervening-level processes, which were identified in Chapter 1, (1) perception of the international system, (2) decision-making, and (3) resource mobilization and policy implementation.

Keywords:   neoclassical realism, intervening variables, perception, policymaking, policy implementation, mobilizing resources, domestic political processes

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