The Power of Power Politics: From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism

By John A. Vasquez | Go to book overview

Preface to the Original Text

This book is concerned with two aspects of the power of power politics. The first deals with the ability of power politics perspectives to dominate the field of international relations inquiry; that is, to guide and direct the theory and research of most of the practitioners of the discipline. The second deals with the ability of power politics to explain phenomena adequately. Although power politics "theory"; can be found as far back as the ancient civilizations of Greece, India, and China, this analysis will deal only with its twentieth-century manifestation, the realist paradigm. This book will seek to demonstrate two controversial claims: that the realist paradigm has dominated the field of international relations since the early 1950s, and that this paradigm has not been very successful in explaining behavior.

The analysis has a descriptive and an evaluative component. In its descriptive section it will demonstrate empirically that the realist paradigm has indeed dominated the field. This will be accomplished by showing that the paradigm has guided theory construction, data making, and research. In its evaluative section it will demonstrate that the realist paradigm has been a scientifically inadequate approach for explaining behavior in international relations. This will be accomplished by applying criteria of adequacy for paradigm and theory evaluation developed by various philosophers of science. The major criterion to be employed is that paradigms, in order to be adequate, must produce significant findings after a reasonable period of time and research.

The analysis presented here is important for two reasons. First, the descriptive component, in providing a sketch of the research agenda of the field and a report on how systematically that agenda is being

-13-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Power of Power Politics: From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 452

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.