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Theoretical lenses in IR Neorealism
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From Classical to Structural (neo)Realism ± Morganthau provides the ‘via media’ between classical and neorealists ± Has both classical (non-systemic) and structural (systemic) aspects to his theoretical position
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Neorealism (Structural Realism) ± Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics (1979) ± Aimed to find a more scientific theory of international politics ± Basis for law-like generalisations about the international system ± Basis for predicting events in world politics
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Waltz Definition of the Int. Pol. Structure 1. Ordering Principle: Anarchy (Statism) 2. Character of Differentiation of the Units (Survival) 3. Distribution of Capabilities; Balance of Power (Self-help)
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How does Neorealism explain conflict in the int. system? ± Balance of Power
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Unformatted text preview: Security Dilemma How Does Neorealism explain cooperation in int. system? 1. Anarchy = Competition and fear 2. Devalue Cooperation, Alliances 3. Relative gains 4. Priority of State Goals 5. Balance of Capabilities 6. Institutions & Regimes vehicle for expressing power Strengths of Neorealism Parsimonious theory Explains a small number of big and important things (Waltz, 1986: 329) More accurately reflects reality (how states behave in int system) Weaknesses of Neorealism Fails as a predictive theory eg collapse of Soviet Union Imprecise use of key concepts (power, anarchy) Theory-Practice paradox Ignores integration between states (eg trade & finance) & persistence of International institutions...
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