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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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Resolving Key Theoretical Debates Using Neoclassical Realism

Resolving Key Theoretical Debates Using Neoclassical Realism

(p.139) Chapter 6 Resolving Key Theoretical Debates Using Neoclassical Realism
Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics

Norrin M. Ripsman

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro

Steven E. Lobell

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 demonstrates the utility of neoclassical realism by using the concepts developed in Chapters 2 – 5 to forge our own theories to resolve long-standing debates in the international relations literature: (1) the debate among realists and between realists and Innenpolitik theorists over how states respond to threats, (2) the debate between balance-of-power realists and power preponderance theorists on the consequences of unipolarity for the international system, (3) the debate between realist and liberal theorists about the circumstances under which states prefer free trade to protectionism, and (4) the debate between materialists and ideational theorists over whether ideology or material interests determine policy.

Keywords:   neoclassical realism, balancing, bandwagoning, hegemony, free trade, protectionism, ideas and national security

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