- Realism is a view of international politics that stresses its competitive side. It is usually
contrasted with idealism or (neo)liberalism, which tends to emphasize cooperation.
- Realism argues that because the international system i
Constructivist Critique of Neorealism:
- Assumptions of neorealism that Wendt (constructivist) objects to:
o 1) Waltz views the structure of the international system as the force that
conditions or in some cases determines rational behavior of actors.
- Believes that states are, or should be, concerned first with absolute gains rather than
relative gains to other states.
o This contrasts with neorealism, which argues that the aim of survival encourages
- Liberalism (somew