Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Theory of International Politics

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Kenneth Neal Waltz
Waveland Press, 2010 - 251 pages

Reader Review
This work remains important and resonant in some truly impressive and surprising ways. I would have more confidence in the success of Waltz's attainment of a true international "systems-theory" though, if a greater part of the analysis didn't come across today as relentlessly presentist (circa 1978) without any touch of imagination as to how the world might change or evolve. While he claims to address multiple different international structures, he really only credibly addresses one, that of bipolarity - albeit with great depth and conviction. Nonetheless, this work will continue to confront policy students for generations to come with the enormity of the challenge in contributing something new, explanatory, and useful to the theory of international politics.

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