In light of the recent demise of the Soviet Union and the subsequent withdrawal of Soviet forces from Central Europe, the debate between neoliberal institutionalism and neorealism has taken on a new relevance. Neorealism and Neoliberalism concentrates on issues of conflict and cooperation with their implications for post-Cold War international relations.
Essays by some of today's most prominent political theorists debate the importance of anarchy versus the importance of interdependence in determining state behavior; the feasibility of international cooperation; the impotance of absolute gains versus relative gains as incentive for cooperation; the trade-offs between economic welfare and military security; the importance of state intentions versus state power; and the significance of the emergence of numerous international regimes and institutions.
The collection features:
-An introduction by David A. Baldwin;
-Robert O. Keohane on the realist challenge after the Cold War;
-Joseph M. Grieco on relative gains and the limits of cooperation;
-Helen Milner on anarchy in international relations theory;
-Stephen Krasner on national power and international cooperation;
-Charles Lipson on international cooperation in economic and security affairs.
Cutting to the heart of the debate over the possibility of a "new world order," Baldwin's collection is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the post-Cold War world.