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Theories of International Politics and Zombies
What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to...more
Drezner's preface to the book uses a Graceland tour guide as the analogy to what his treatise hopes to be; and it works. His posits are well researched and plausible - even though he is dealing with a subject matter pure fiction. Yes, h ...more
Ever since I first heard about the book, I'd been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic or absurdist attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and ...more
But what will our leaders do? How will nations act when cross-border zombie infiltration and infection becomes a problem?
This book looks to answer those questions. By surveying popular media portrayals of zombies and human responses and combining that data with leading ...more
Problem is, I think it made a much more interesting and funnier interview than it did a book. It's ...more
This book was recommended to us from our tutor for international relations. I thought I'd give it a try, since studying the theories was mandatory to pass the corresponding class. It explains the basic ideas behind the theories very clearly and is also written in way that is easily to read. I also liked a lot that the author really implemented the ...more
Cum ar reacționa statele dacă mâine planeta ar fi invadată de o armată de zombies, animată de intenții malefice? Daca se potrivește acest termen, mă rog. Dincolo de semantica morților-vii, se pun probleme fundamentale: ar lua sfârșit civilizația sau umanitatea poate găsi resursele necesare pentru supraviețuire? Ne poate ajuta disciplina relațiilor internaționale să identificăm probl ...more
Drezner aplica o mesmo raciocínio às ...more
This is mostly a book about various political theories. I must admit up front that my tolerance for pure theory is pretty low. Rawl's veil of ignorance ...more
I think what I like most about it is how he ties in the best works of the zombie genre and bases his reactions of the world around that, not on how he expects zombies to be. One thin ...more
I read Drezner's foreign policy blog regularly because he is able to represent complex content in a simplified manner.
I also read this at th ...more
While a passing familiarity with U.S. politics and international relations would be helpful to enjoy ALL of the jokes, it certainly serves as a great (and funny) introduction or refresher to international political theories.
My main criticism is the minimal focus on zombie economics. This field seems hitherto minimally explored. There is substantial room for economics to improve our understanding of how to deal with a zombie apo ...more
I'd give this book a 3.5 if I could. I was hoping for a book that interrogated how zombie lit/film is a metaphor for social/political concerns. That's not what this book is, but it's funny. Dry humor .... how differen ...more
"It is unlikely that any government would be both willing and able to block all relevant research efforts into biological, nuclear, and computer techno ...more