The assumption of anarchy in international relations theory: a critique *

  title={The assumption of anarchy in international relations theory: a critique *},
  author={Helen V. Milner},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  • H. Milner
  • Published 1991
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
‘ Anarchy is one of the most vague and ambiguous words in language.’ George Coreewall Lewis, 1832. In much current theorizing, anarchy has once again been declared to be the fundamental assumption about international politics. Over the last decade, numerous scholars, especially those in the neo-realist tradition, have posited anarchy as the single most important characteristic underlying international relations. This article explores implications of such an assumption. In doing so, it reopens… 
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