Waltz's Theory of Theory

  title={Waltz's Theory of Theory},
  author={Ole W{\ae}ver},
  journal={International Relations},
  pages={201 - 222}
  • O. Wæver
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Philosophy
  • International Relations
Waltz's 1979 book, Theory of International Politics, is the most influential in the history of the discipline. It worked its effects to a large extent through raising the bar for what counted as theoretical work, in effect reshaping not only realism but rivals like liberalism and reflectivism. Yet, ironically, there has been little attention paid to Waltz's very explicit and original arguments about the nature of theory. This article explores and explicates Waltz's theory of theory. Central… 

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