Another Waltz? Methodological Rhetoric and Practice in Theory of International Politics

  title={Another Waltz? Methodological Rhetoric and Practice in Theory of International Politics},
  author={Adam R. C. Humphreys},
  journal={International Relations},
  pages={389 - 408}
Although Theory of International Politics is a standard-bearer for explanatory theory in international relations (IR), Waltz’s methodology has been subject to numerous quite disparate analyses. One reason why it has proved hard to pin down is that too little attention has been paid to how, in practice, Waltz approaches real-world problems. Despite his neopositivist rhetoric, Waltz applies neorealism in a notably loose, even indeterminate, fashion. There is therefore a disjunction between what… Expand
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