Gilpinian Realism and International Relations

  title={Gilpinian Realism and International Relations},
  author={William C. Wohlforth},
  journal={International Relations},
  pages={499 - 511}
I argue that realism in particular and IR more generally erred by assigning Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Relations pride of place in revivifying realist thought. Had Robert Gilpin’s War and Change in World Politics been given equal billing, international relations research would have unfolded quite differently over the past three decades. Scholars would not have been bewildered by change, bewitched by the balance of power, blind to numerous potentially powerful realist theories, and… 

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