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Is Realism Dead? The domestic sources of international politics. Ethan B. Kapstein

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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 243
Mark Brawley

Is Realism Dead The domestic sources of international politics Ethan B KapsteinThe thesis of the paper is that realism will not die as a foundation of international politics until someone can come up with an alternative to take its place The author reviews three different authors throughout his essay the first Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Lalman the second Richard Rosecrance and Artur Stein and finally Jack Snyder Kapstein accuses these books like many others to be attacking structural realism without providing any other theories or approaches to replace realism In addition the author believes that the three books are only circumstantially relevant meaning that their arguments are only applicable to their particular examples They are not sufficiently generalizable beyond their specific case studies Scholars most often criticize structural realism with respect to national security Kapstein uses examples from each of the three authors under review Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Lalman argue that the evidence given in his book proves that perspectives which acknowledge domestic affairs are more reliable than realism Richard Rosecreance and Arthur Stein say that the best way to examine realist approaches is to look at what influences and determines nations policy choices for war and peace and that realism does not always respond to security stimuli Jack Snyder states that often times domestic pressures outweigh international ones to the nations leaders They all argue about its inability to explain many of the outcomes that are of most importance to modern day scholars and he continues to use the end of the cold war as an example with its failure of the states to balance against the threatening powers Therefore the Kapstein is
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