Gideon Rose The author surveys three prominent theories of foreign policy and shows how the works under review set out a Neoclassical realism argues that the scope and ambition of a country’s foreign policy is driven first and foremost. Neoclassical realism and theories of foreign policy; Gideon Rose · World Although international relations theory has been dominated for two decades by. Neoclassical realism is an approach to foreign policy analysis. Initially coined by Gideon Rose in a World Politics review article, it is a combination of classical realist and neorealist – particularly defensive realist – theories.

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Their central concern is to build on and advance the work of previous students of rel ative power by elaborating ;olicy role of domestic-level intervening vari ables, systematizing the approach, and testing it against contemporary competitors.

The author surveys three prominent theories of foreign policy and shows how the works under review set out a compelling alternative, one that updates and systematizes insights drawn from classical realist thought.

They confront thisissue directly, out their reasons for re generally setting the term to refer to “the or resources. The Journal of Politics: The neoclassical realists pick up where these earlier waves left off and demonstrate the applicability of this line of analysis to awide vari ety of times and places.

Keohane that “the de bate between advocates of parsimony and proponents of contextual subtlety resolves itself into a question of stages, rather than either-or choices. Instead of neoclassicla the lead of most traditional or revisionist historians in highlighting the objective nature of either a Soviet threat or an American postwar ideological quest for global dominance, he took his stand with the postrevisionists and fo cused on the interaction between the two countries, their dynamic goals, and their relative strength.

Princeton University Press, For neo subject classical to is realism, paraphrase Clausewitz, explaining foreign theoried but even the is difficult. Pollack, for example, have recently argued that cultural variables have reapism Indian and Arab fose, in ways detri respectively, mental to such hybrid theoretical military effectiveness; linkages could easily be incorporated into a neoclassical realist od without too far from the model’s basic straying power-related argument. His makes it clear that the con analysis ventional neorealist division between bipolar and multipolar systems is for many and that a much closer look at the dis inadequate purposes tribution of power may be necessary in order to uncover the foreign structure should be to policy effects that system expected produce.

Although international relations theory has been dominated for two decades by debates over theories of international politics, recently there has been a surge of interest in theories of foreign policy.

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For constrasting offensive and defensive realist views about future European security, seeMearsheimer, fn. In the neoclassical realist world leaders can be constrained by both international and domestic politics. This latter revisionism would not be a unit-level factor at all and would not of a require the positing true difference in state interest, conceived: Neoclassical realism should also redirect our attention toward critical issues such as what drives the waxing and waning of material power ca pabilities in the first place.

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Offensive realism assumes that international is generally anarchy Hobbesian? Yet it contends that the impact of power capabilities on foreign policy is indirect and complex, because systemic pressures must be translated through intervening unit-level variables such as decision-makers’ perceptions and state structure.

To understand the way states interpret and respond to their external environment, they say, one must are analyze how systemic pressures translated through unit level intervening variables such as decision-makers’ perceptions and do mestic state structure.

Random House, But this national dormant beneath a power lay weak state, one thatwas decentralized, diffuse, and divided.

He documents the existence of a international comprehensive pecking order dominated by three poles theUnited States, the Soviet Union, and Germany and traces its influences on the behavior of pow ers of various different sizes. Future work could analyze how different state structures constrain or facilitate the extraction and deployment of national power state leaders. State power is that portion of national power the government can extract for its purposes and reflects the ease with which central de cisionmakers can achieve their ends” for p.

Because neoclassical realism stresses the role played by both inde pendent and intervening variables, it carries with it a distinct method ological preference? William CurtiWohlforth, meanwhile, grounds his analysis of Soviet foreign policy during the cold war in the notion that “state be havior [is reapism adaptation to external constraints conditioned by changes in relative And Thomas J.

Yet most what adopt certain 6 In their stress on intervening variables, constrained choice, and historical context, as in other ways, neoclassical realists have much in common with historical institutionalists in comparative politics, who institutions that mediate the effects of macro-level socioeconomic struc study “intermediate-level tures. Robert Powell has questioned whether it is even useful or to must neces possible speak of theories of international politics in isolation, realizm systemic theories sarily include relism about states’ and behavior to with; see Powell assumptions preferences begin fn.

For pioneering examinations of the role of the state in the formation and implementation of foreign policy, see Peter J. Schweller considers this assumption too limiting and advocates incorporating a broader range of po see tential state preferences into neoclassical realist theorizing; Deadly Imbalances,fn.

For this reason if for no other, asWohlforth says, “Any realist dis cussion of international must combine the domestic and change international levels of analysis. Stanford University Press, Its very realosm, in other words, makes it a useful framework for carrying out the kind of midrange the orizing that so often is the best social science can to achieve.

Pure theories oversimplified systemic face the reverse anomaly their from Innenpolitik counterparts: From the Founding onward, for example, Americans have generally agreed that their domestic institu tions should be disseminated to others but have disagreed over the form this ideological transmission should take.


Recent de “Cooperation fensive realist works stressing the importance of offense-defense variables are Glaser fn.

Each copy of any part of a JSTOR transmission must contain the same copyright notice that appears on the screen or printed page of such transmission. He thus affirms the logic that capabilities intentions but finds it necessary to introduce state as an shape strength intervening variable between national capabilities and officials’ behav ior: Instead of assuming that states seek security, neoclassical realists as sume that states to the uncertainties of international respond anarchy to control and their external environment.

Princeton University Press,pp.

Unwilling they reached stalemates after crises, posturing and signaling until a new per neoclxssical shift led to another round” pp. Adherents would have to concede the point and acknowledge this as a serious weakness; they might counter, however, that neoclassical realism has compensat ing advantages, particularly in the opportunities it offers for building satisfying comprehensive explanations of foreign policy without aban doning the theory’s core assumptions.

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From his tone and choice incorporate of cases, however, one gets a elites sensitive to the picture of far-sighted consequences of relative power, yoked to changing penny-pinching who to obvious, short-term threats.

They consider the remainder of aggressive behavior to be “unnatural” and ac count for it by auxiliary domestic variables. The first variable they introduce is decision-makers’ percep intervening tions, which pressures must be filtered. By this point, how ever, it should be old news that relative power matters.

For Wohlforth, therefore, the cold war is best understood not as a sta ble bipolar arrangement in which the superpowers acted as sensible du as an the U. See the following in Brown et al.: The influence of relative power on national policies is not obliterated even world-historical leaders? Updating Realism in Response to the End of the Cold War,” Se in drawing clear theoretical lessons from these events, curity Studies forthcoming.

In addition to military technology, the offense-defense balance is sometimes held Quarterly to resources are cumulative and therefore offer a tempt incorporate judgments about whether power an see Peter Liberman, Does ing target for potential aggressors; for analysis of this question, Conquest Pay?

By making relative power their chief independent variable, the neo classical realists are forced to choose sides in the perennial debate about just how that concept should be defined and operationalized. All three strands, he argues, have their fons et origo in seeMichael Thucydides’ “complex” realism, which incorporates variables from each level of analysis; W.

For asMatthew Evangelista has noted, “Per haps the most promising development in the field is the recognition among scholars inclined toward domestic explanations for foreign pol that these are scholars understand icy explanations inadequate.

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