Structural Realism In International Relations

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The domination of realism in the theory of international relations is significant due to its accurate and powerful explanation for the state of war. Since the creation of realism, it has went through changes which established new variations of the theory. (Baylis and Smith, 2001, page 141) One of the first abbreviations was structural realism, also called neorealism which gets into the active action and discussion of international relations theory in 1979 with the publication of the book Theory of International Politics by Kenneth Waltz. The book explains the realistic tradition and at the same time discusses criticism of scientism. (Burchill, Linklater, Devetak, others, 2005, page 34-35)

Although, Waltz in his work focuses mainly on security area, his highlighting of the relative profits can be transferred to the area of economic cooperation. The application of Waltz’s model to the field of international relations and regimes we can deduce the following. Neorealism is holding of the essential premises of the predecessors of the theory, namely the perception of the state as a major player in international relations, the emphasis on self-help in the international system and the claim that the main objective is the survival of the state. From classical realism takes the idea of unchanging and violent nature of IR, the concept of balance of power, taking a military power and superiority of the security dimension of the IR. Scientific critique however leads the author to
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