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Themes in International Relations: Realism and International Relations (Paperback)
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Themes in International Relations: Realism and International Relations (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 01/06/2000
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Realism and International Relations provides students with a critical yet sympathetic survey of political realism in international theory. Using six paradigmatic theories - Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Waltz, the Prisoners' Dilemma, Thucydides, Machiavelli, and Hobbes - the book examines realist accounts of human nature and state motivation, international anarchy, system structure and the balance of power, international institutions, and morality in foreign policy. Donnelly argues that common realist propositions not only fail to stand up to scrutiny but are rejected by many leading realists as well. He argues that rather than a general theory of international relations, realism is best seen as a philosophical orientation or research program that emphasizes - in an insightful yet one-sided way - the constraints imposed by individual and national egoism and international anarchy. Containing chapter-by-chapter guides to further reading and discussion questions for students, this book offers an accessible and lively survey of the dominant theory in International Relations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521597524
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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'Donnelly's book produces a clear, but sophisticated, analysis of realism in international relations. It is one of the rate examples of a book of international relations theory that is approachable and easily understandable, but not lacking in original or noteworthy analysis. This book will be of use to both experienced academics and novices in the study of international relations. It provides an excellent, and very readable, starting point for the study of realism ... Donnelly's book is both an excellent starting off point and a significant contribution to this enduring debate.' The Journal of European Affairs
"Donnelly (Univ. of Denver) delivers a compact but encyclopedic treatment of a standard theme in the study of theories of international relations--realism, commonly referred to as power politics..with flair Donnelly provides a meta-analysis of a most important analytic approach to international relations...Absolutely essential for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." Choice
Reviewed with David P. Forsythe's book Human Rights in International Relations: " The authors' skill and influence in the study of international relations, international theory, and human rights are indisputably relevant. Both volumes offer scholarship that is of great value to activists, academics, and policymakers with an interest in issues no less important than power on the world stage." Human Rights Quarterly

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