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Systemic Politics: The Great Powers in General (Dis-)Equilibrium

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Title: Systemic Politics: The Great Powers in General (Dis-)Equilibrium
Creators: Braumoeller, Bear
Keywords: systemic
international relations
Issue Date: 2005-05-20
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: For over a quarter of a century, Kenneth Waltz's Theory of International Politics has used by many political realists to explain the behavior of states in the international system. Bear Braumoeller came to Mershon to discuss what he maintains is a “new systemic theory of international relations.” According to Braumoeller, systemic theories of international relations, those that claim the international anarchic environment constrains and determines how states will behave in relation to one another, have borne skepticism from other scholars of international relations scholars. They claim that systemic theory cannot be tested because there is no practical way to isolate the important variables. Responding to this criticism, Braumoeller attempted to create a systemic theory of international relations that is testable and pieces together all of the parts of the international system that have been studied in isolation from each other by scholars before him.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/31804
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