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Power and Interdependence

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Suitable for undergraduate courses in International Relations. This landmark text, an original work by two of the most renowned scholars in the field, continues to offer a rich theoretical approach to understanding contemporary world politics and valid general prescriptions for policy. Power and Interdependence was written to construct a way of looking at the world of poli ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 334 pages
Published July 10th 2000 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1977)
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Sep 09, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: school, ps610, politics
In all fairness, this was not a horrible book. Rather, my review is based on how much I "enjoyed" it, which was not very much.
From the perspective of a student of Political Science or International Relations, this book was useful in understanding the theory of complex interdependence, which serves as the opposite of the traditional Realist framework. After defining complex interdependence and outlining the main characteristics, the authors then apply their theory to four different examples. In
Keohane and Nye set up what becomes the dominant school of thought in the neoliberal camp of IR thinking: neoliberal institutionalism.
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Jan 15, 2016 Lucía Vijil Saybe rated it it was amazing
Keohane demuestra por qué en las relaciones internacionales es el fundador del institucionalismo neoliberal. Desde una crítica impone la interdependencia compleja dejando de lado el realismo y desencadena las metas de los estados, analiza los modelos económicos (impuestos y no impuestos) pero su crítica más compleja es al capitalismo moderno que ha permitido el desarrollo donde le conviene al una super estructura hegemónica. La cooperación internacional no es la resolución a la interdependencia ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
This is a core text for International Relations. It dates from the 70's but has been updated with a couple of new chapters. It is a core liberal institutionalism text--the idea that the system of states is characterized by complex interdependence and that institutions are the key to peace. If you want to understand the foreign policy of the Clinton administration, you will find it here. Ditto the ideology of "Davos-man".
Nate Huston
My impression: Swung for the fences and hit a ground-rule double. Their questions are, "What are the major features of world politics when interdependence, particularly economic interdependence, is extensive? And How and why do international regimes exist?
Nov 01, 2014 Yavuz rated it liked it
Keohane and Nye have the gift of writing about very interesting subjects in a highly boring fashion. That alone deserves 3 stars.
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Robert O. Keohane (b. 1941) is an American scholar of international relations, best known for his work on neoliberal institutionalism. His numerous books include After Hegemony (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). Currently a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Keohane has received numerous awards for his scholarship. Among these, he ...more
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