International Institutions: Two Approaches

  title={International Institutions: Two Approaches},
  author={Robert O. Keohane},
  journal={International Institutions and State Power},
  • Robert O. Keohane
  • Published 1 December 1988
  • Economics
  • International Institutions and State Power
Contemporary world politics is a matter of wealth and poverty, life and death. The members of this Association have chosen to study it because it is so important to lives and those of other people — not because it is either aesthetically attractive or amenable to successful theory-formulation and testing. Indeed, we would be foolish if we studied world politics in search of beauty or lasting truth. Beauty is absent because much that we observe is horrible, and many of the issues that we study… 

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