The Origins of Revisionist and Status-Quo States (Hardback)
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The Origins of Revisionist and Status-Quo States (Hardback)

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Hardback 237 Pages / Published: 14/06/2006
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Explaining why some states seek the status quo and others seek revision in international relations, Davidson argues that governments pursuing revisionist policies are responding to powerful domestic groups, such as nationalists and those in the military, that believe they can defeat their rivals. He draws on examples of France, Italy and Great Britain to enhance understanding of a fundamental source of instability in international affairs.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403971814
Number of pages: 237
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
Edition: 2006 ed.


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"What determines whether a country peacefully accepts the international status quo or becomes a revisionist state, seeking to overturn the existing order? Davidson lucidly tackles this critical and sorely understudied question. His book represents a major contribution to the realist canon and could not be more timely as the international community prepares to adjust to the rise of China and other developing powers."

- Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations, author of The End of the American Era

"The distinction between revisionist and status-quo states lies at the heart of classical and neoclassical realism. Yet, realists have not explained why and under what conditions states take on these two opposite identities. In this bold and sophisticated book, Davidson compellingly argues that pressures and opportunities at both the international and domestic levels interact to produce either revisionist, status-quo, or reclusive goals. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how international politics works and where it may be heading."

- Randall Schweller, Ohio State University

"Professor Davidson's study of the sources of revisionist and status-quo states is an important addition to field of international relations. His research effectively integrates domestic with international factors in explaining state behavior. His thoughtful and convincing work is a model others should follow when trying this sort of often-discussed, but rarely executed bridging of the levels of analysis."

- Bernard I. Finel, National War College

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