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"Realism, Neoliberalism, and Cooperation: Understanding the Debate"

"Realism, Neoliberalism, and Cooperation: Understanding the Debate"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 24, issue 1, pages 42-63

Summer 1999

Author: Robert Jervis, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



Robert Jervis of Columbia University offers a reformulation of the debate between realism and neoliberalism over the role of conflict and cooperation in international politics. Jervis argues that the disagreement between realists and neoliberals is not about the extent of conflict, but rather whether conflict is unnecessary given states' quest for security. He then explains the disagreement in the context of what realists and neoliberalists contend is required to facilitate greater international cooperation. Finally, Jervis seeks to elucidate the different perceptions of the two schools of thought on the importance of institutions.


For more information about this publication please contact the IS Editorial Assistant at 617-495-1914.

For Academic Citation:

Robert Jervis. "Realism, Neoliberalism, and Cooperation: Understanding the Debate." International Security 24, no. 1 (Summer 1999): 42-63.

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