International Relations: Neo‐Realism and Neo‐Liberalism

David Sanders

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 International Relations: Neo‐Realism and Neo‐Liberalism

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The neo‐liberal/realism trend in international relations grew from a frustration (specifically of Waltz) with the simplicity and reductionism of realism. Game theoretical rigour and analysis of competition between nation‐states developed the field, but Sanders questions how much more we understand as a result. An alternative is offered in ‘concessional realism’, whereby analysis is furthered by a simple and flexible set of propositions about nation‐state behaviour. The propositions of each approach are outlined.

Keywords: game theory; international relations; nation‐states; neo‐liberalism; neo‐realism; Kenneth N. Waltz

Chapter.  7053 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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