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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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International Relations: Neo‐Realism and Neo‐Liberalism

International Relations: Neo‐Realism and Neo‐Liberalism

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(p.428) Chapter 17 International Relations: Neo‐Realism and Neo‐Liberalism
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A New Handbook of Political Science
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David Sanders (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294719.003.0017

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

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