The Economic Sins of Modern IR Theory and the Classical Realist Alternative

  title={The Economic Sins of Modern IR Theory and the Classical Realist Alternative},
  author={Jonathan Kirshner},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={155 - 183}
  • J. Kirshner
  • Published 14 January 2015
  • Economics
  • World Politics
This article considers the economic sins of contemporary ir theory—that is, the pervasive errors of analysis that result from the embrace of different forms of economism. Much of structural realism, for example, derives from the misguided adaptation of price theory (that is, microeconomic competition), especially with regard to the implications of oligopoly. The minimalist assumptions of neorealism have also encouraged an all-too-easy reification of a style of analysis, now pervasive across… 
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