Is Realism Dead

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Is Realism Dead? The Domestic Sources of International Politics Ethan B Kapstein review and critique of three works that challenge structural realism as a paradigm by pointing out problems in “the domestic sources of international relations” Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Lalman, War and Reason Richard Rosecrance and Arthur Stein, The Domestic Bases of Grand Strategy Jack Snyder, Myths of Empire Kapstein thinks that structural realism is “fatally flawed” citing Thomas Kuhn, Kapstein thinks that structural realism won’t disappear until a new paradigm takes its place books challenge realism’s claims about national security and highlight realism’s inability to predict the outcomes of international relations Kapstein asserts that these works aren’t enough to produce a “paradigm change” don’t go beyond their case studies to make a generalizable theory don’t provide a decisive enough modifications to structural realism In search of theory want to replace or modify structural realism, have to falsify it & provide an explicit model of what domestic factors can lead to particular international outcomes must offer explanations of international relations that work from the “inside out” or specify the domestic process by which systematic pressures can get policy responses there is an “autonomous nature of the anarchic international system” which focuses on pressures placed on nation-states foreign policies are reactions to this external pressure, position of the state in the anarchic international system is measured by its independence rejection of the “utility of system-level” theorizing argues there is “no international system with an independent existence” or systematic pressures are so weak that they don’t affect foreign policy choices “theory of domestic peace” is the strongest inside out alternative to structural realism explains why states with democratic regimes don’t go to war with one another regime type is more important in determining international relations than polarity or the distribution of power historical example, Germany, in 1930s Hitler led a “global conspiracy of Jews and Communists,” mobilized a nation, expanded predecessors in Weimar Germany didn’t think that rearmament could solve problems, different outcomes because of differences in regimes
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