The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism

The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism

The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism

The Logic of Anarchy: Neorealism to Structural Realism

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This book began to take life in 1986, when Barry Buzan proposed to the others a collective volume that would try to extend the existing framework of Neorealist theory. Before that it had simply been a set of attractions, dissatisfactions, and questions in Buzan's mind arising from his encounter with Waltz's work while preparing the 1983 book People, States and Fear. After that it became a genuinely joint project, with an agreed division of labor, and extensive comment and cross fertilization between the drafts. After a longish period of gestation, reading, and discussion, Buzan's first draft came out in 1988, serving in part as an exegesis of Waltz, while Jones and Little produced a ground-clearing draft on structuralism. Their two sections followed on in 1989-90. We first went public with the project at a panel for the BISA/ISA Conference in London in March 1989. As is evident from differences of style, each of us has taken the prime responsibility for writing one of the three main Sections. But there has been an immense amount of constructive interplay, and some direct "hands on" inserts, with the result that the text as a whole represents a high level of integration and consensus. The Overview and Conclusion chapters were written collectively. Although we are leaving our names on the Sections in the text, we present the book as a jointly authored whole.

We would like to thank Ken Waltz for taking an interest in the project at an early stage, and for being willing to answer questions and comment on ideas; and Hayward Alker, Ole Waever and Alex Wendt for reading and commenting on the whole text. Barry Buzan would like to thank the many people who made thoughtful and helpful comments on earlier drafts of Section I, and particularly Kjell Goldmann, Bob Keohane, John Ruggie, and Ken Waltz for taking the time and trouble to give detailed written responses. Charles Jones would like to thank Robert Skidelsky, Paul Chilton, and Martin Hollis for comments on Section III, and the classes at Warwick University with . . .

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