'Neoclassical realism is now a major research program in the realist tradition. Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy is the first comprehensive discussion of the program, together with several of its different theories. This important book fills a significant gap in the International Relations sub-field, and it will be widely read and cited.' Colin Elman, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
'By focusing on the state and its relationship to society within an uncertain international environment, Lobell, Ripsman, Taliaferro and their contributors advance a genuinely realist theory of foreign policy. An important set of essays that enhances our understanding of how countries assess and respond at both the international and domestic levels to security threats.' David A. Lake, University of California, San Diego
'This volume is the most systematic effort yet to define neoclassical realism, to differentiate it from other forms of realist and liberal international theory, and to extend the scope of its empirical applications. It emphasizes how internal state structures filter external threats and opportunities, and how state leaders evaluate threats, formulate strategies, and mobilize societal resources to support those strategies. These essays by leading neoclassical realist scholars are a must read for all serious students of international conflict.' Jack S.Levy, Board of Governors' Professor, Rutgers University
'Even those who are not card-carrying neo-classical realists will want to read this important attempt to define what is distinctive about this approach to understanding international politics. The volume shows off some excellent historical analysis done in this vein.' Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations , Columbia University
The first systematic survey of the neoclassical realist approach in international relations. It argues that variables such as international anarchy, the distribution of military capability, and international threats set parameters for state behaviour in the international system, but that the internal dynamics of states also explain different countries' foreign policies.