Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

How Realism Waltzed Off: Liberalism and Decisionmaking in Kenneth Waltz’s Neorealism

    Authors:
  • Daniel Bessner
  • Nicolas Guilhot
| Fall 2015

Summary

In developing neorealist theory, Kenneth Waltz sought to reconcile the tenets of classical realism with those of liberal democracy. Classical realists called for foreign policy to be forged by elite decisionmakers, unconstrained by legal norms and public opinion. Waltz, by contrast, argued that the international system, rather than individual decisionmakers, shaped international relations.

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For Academic Citation: Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot. How Realism Waltzed Off: Liberalism and Decisionmaking in Kenneth Waltz’s Neorealism.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 40. no. 2. (Fall 2015):
87-118
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