Between Anarchy and Hierarchy: A Theory of International Politics and Foreign Policy
'When the epistemology is sound, intelligence and hard work are sure to bring progress, as they have in this ambitious book by Robert Lieshout. Even some people, like me, who are not specialists in international relations, will find it useful.' - Mancur Olson, formerly of University of Maryland, US Between Anarchy and Hierarchy offers a stimulating new perspective on conflict and collaboration in international politics. Robert Lieshout's new book shows how decision-making within individual states influences foreign policy and, in turn, international politics. Using a sliding scale between anarchy and hierarchy, he shows how each political system can be defined, including the distinctly anarchic international system itself. By showing the impact which internal decision-making processes have on the structure of the international system, Professor Lieshout integrates a theory of foreign policy making into a theory of international politics.
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able actor model Adam Ferguson adapt anarchical system argument assumption attack attempt axiom becomes behavioural option bipolar Buridan's ass capacity changes Chapter collective behaviour conflict consequences cooperation costs credibility decision defence Definition demand behaviour dependence developed difference in power disposal division of labour dominant coalition economic effect empirical scientists environment escalation existing solution expected marginal utility explain explanatory principle fact formulated Game of Chicken hierarchical system higher the probability human individuals participating human individuals taking Hume implies important inconsistency increase individual expects individual's international politics international system intervention invested Karl Popper Kenneth Waltz latter legitimacy less powerful marginal utility means of violence mutual nature organization's outcome political problem political process Popper possible Prisoner's Dilemma proportion proposition reach reality realization relationship result Robert Gilpin rules Section situation small powers Soviet Soviet Union Stag Hunt state's strategy structure successful superpowers Theorem theory things Thomas Schelling threat Waltz