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Forum: Rethinking Neoclassical Realism at Theory's End

Meibauer, Gustav, Desmaele, Linde, Onea, Tudor, Kitchen, Nicholas, Foulon, Michiel, Reichwein, Alexander and Sterling-Folker, Jennifer (2020) Forum: Rethinking Neoclassical Realism at Theory's End International Studies Review.

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This forum presents a snapshot of the current state of neoclassical realist theorizing. Its contributors are self-identified neoclassical realists who delineate their version of neoclassical realism (NCR), its scope, object of analysis, and theoretical contribution. From the standpoint of NCR, they contribute to and reflect on the “end of IR theory” debate. NCR has come under criticism for its supposed lack of theoretical structure and alleged disregard for paradigmatic boundaries. This raises questions as to the nature of this (theoretical) beast. Is NCR a midrange, progressive research program? Can it formulate a grand theory informed by metatheoretical assumptions? Is it a reformulation of neorealism or classical realism or an eclectic mix of different paradigms? The forum contributors argue that NCR, in different variants, holds considerable promise to investigate foreign policy, grand strategy and international politics. They interrogate the interaction of international and domestic politics and consider normative implications as well as the sources and cases of NCR beyond the West. In so doing, they speak to theorizing and the utility of the theoretical enterprise in IR more generally.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Meibauer, Gustav
Desmaele, Linde
Onea, Tudor
Foulon, Michiel
Reichwein, Alexander
Sterling-Folker, Jennifer
Date : 5 March 2020
DOI : 10.1093/isr/viaa018
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) (2020)
Uncontrolled Keywords : foreign policy, international relations theory, neoclassical realism
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 09 Mar 2020 16:14
Last Modified : 09 Mar 2020 16:14

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