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Defensive Internationalism Providing Public Goods in an Uncertain World

by Davis B. Bobrow, Mark A. Boyer

Defensive Internationalism Providing Public Goods in an Uncertain World Synopsis

The authors' carefully crafted analysis will influence thought and the policy debate on the tradeoff between unilateralism and multilateralism for decades to come. -Todd Sandler, Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Professor of International Relations & Economics, University of Southern California Boyer and Bobrow's well-written, data-rich analysis of such pressing issues as development assistance, debt management, UN peacekeeping, and environmental protection makes Defensive Internationalism a highly original and provocative contribution to the study of global governance. -Yale H. Ferguson, Co-Director, Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University In this pathbreaking study, authors Davis B. Bobrow and Mark A. Boyer argue for muted optimism about the future of international cooperation. Leaders of a growing movement that integrates constructivism into traditional international studies concepts and methods, Bobrow and Boyer analyze four key international issues: development cooperation, debt management, peacekeeping operations, and environmental affairs. Their approach integrates elements of public goods theory, identity theory, new institutionalism, and rational choice. Defensive Internationalism is a well-written, creative and coherent synthesis of ideas that have up to now been considered irreconcilable. It is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in international relations, conflict studies, and political economy, and promises to become a foundational work in its field. Davis B. Bobrow is Professor of Public and International Affairs and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Mark A. Boyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.

Defensive Internationalism Providing Public Goods in an Uncertain World Press Reviews

Rejecting the pessimism that often characterizes serious debate on the prospects for systemic reform, Bobrow and Boyer raise our hopes for the future. . . . This exemplary, multidimensional book deserves a wide readership, both inside and outside the academy. -Louis W. Pauly, Director, Center for International Studies, University of Toronto Bobrow and Boyer have done a great job in thoroughly analyzing the G7's thoughts and actions with nuance and dexterity. A must read. -Takashi Inoguchi, University of Tokyo An excellent book. Bobrow and Boyer's goal of explaining why 'privileged' states contribute to global order is a critical issue and their 'club theory' answer is inventive and enlightening. So is their approach: a blending of rational choice and constructivist perspectives, solid empirical evidence, and the integration of international politics with domestic political issues. Reading this work is essential for understanding the future contours of international politics. -Tom Volgy, Executive Director of the International Studies Association and Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona

Book Information

ISBN: 9780472098798
Publication date: 31st January 2005
Author: Davis B. Bobrow, Mark A. Boyer
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 424 pages
Categories: International relations,

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