Is neorealism obsolete? Etzioni’s communitarian confirmation of neorealist theory

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    Amitai Etzioni has recently criticized the (neo)realist paradigm for overplaying military and economic factors and overlooking the independent power of normative ones. Relying on empirical evidence and moral reflection, Etzioni claims his communitarian paradigm to have the distinct quality of acknowledging a major role to global values sharing and political community formation, boosted by a realistic and legitimate American foreign policy that promotes “security first” universally. This essay claims that Etzioni's communitarianism offers no compelling reason for neorealists to consider abandoning their theory - rather the contrary. Etzioni's analysis confirms neorealist core propositions about states as primarily egoistic security-seekers under anarchy, strongly suggesting the actual relevance of a moderate, flexible neorealism that attributes clear priority to national security.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)5 - 39
    Aantal pagina's35
    TijdschriftCrossroads
    Volume9
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusPublished - 2010

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