The Promise of Institutionalist Theory

  title={The Promise of Institutionalist Theory},
  author={Robert O. Keohane and Lisa L. Martin},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={39 - 51}
In his usual direct way, John J. Mearsheimer has sharpened the theoretical issues dividing realist from institutionalist theory, and for this service we are grateful. We are also pleased that he has read the institutionalist literature so thoroughly He correctly asserts that liberal institutionalists treat states as rational egoists operating in a world in which agreements cannot be hierarchically enforced, and that institutionalists only expect interstate cooperation to occur if states have… 
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