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Title: Beyond Offensive and Defensive Realism: A Proposal for an Interaction-Structure Theory in International Politics
Authors: 楊仕樂
Yang, Shih-yueh
Contributors: 國際事務學院
Date: 2010-06-12
Issue Date: 2015-12-30 11:12:41 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This article examines the current problems in the neorealist theory of international politics and proposes alternatives and operational suggestions. The division between offensive and defensive realism is unnecessary. We need a parsimonious theory that offers greater explanatory power. Therefore, this article proposes the systemic “interaction-structure theory” of stability as an alternative within the materialist tradition of realism. Interaction capacity is both a source of explanation and the precondition for a system. In addition, the offense-defense balance should be viewed as the logic of explanation. This allows the theory to explore mobility, density, and fragmentation as the new independent variables that derive from technology, geography, and power distribution, respectively. Furthermore, the meaning of stability, the dependent variable, should also be expanded to be “the threat to peace” rather than merely the avoidance of war. The name “interaction-structure theory” avoids giving the theory an offensive or defensive label and describes the precise content of this alternative.
Relation: 中華民國國際關係學會第三屆年會「理論與實務的對話」國際學術研討會論文集
主辦單位:中華民國國際關係學會, 國立政治大學國際事務學院
Data Type: conference
Appears in Collections:[2010中華民國國際關係學會年會] 會議論文

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