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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 Scope and Domain of Neoclassical Realism

The Scope and Domain of Neoclassical Realism

The Dependent Variables

(p.80) Chapter 4 The Scope and Domain of Neoclassical Realism
Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

Norrin M. Ripsman

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Steven E. Lobell

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 presents the range of the dependent variables that neoclassical realism can explain, growing over time from crisis decision-making, foreign policy responses, and grand strategic adjustment in the short- to medium-term to international outcomes in the medium- to longer- term and structural change in the long term. During this time, historical events can make counties collapse while other countries rise to power. It then delimits the scope of neoclassical realist theory by discussing what cannot be explained by the approach. Finally, it presents our first cut at linking the different intervening variables to specific dependent variables to assist in neoclassical realist theory building.

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

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