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Ar Z to see where essential theories hold up and where they would stumble and fall Drezner argues that by thinking about outside of the box threats we get a cognitive grip on what former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously referred to as the unknown unknowns in international security Correcting the zombie gap in international relations thinking and addressing the genuine but publicly unacknowledged fear of the dead rising from the grave Theories of International Politics and Zombies presents political tactics and strategies accessible enough for any zombie to digest.. Makes learning IR theory interesting

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Theories of International Politics and Zombies

The political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid or how rotten such scenarios might be Drezner boldly lurches into the breach and stress tests the ways that different approaches to world politics would explain of International Politics PDFEPUB #196 policy responses to the living dead He examines the most prominent international relations theories including realism liberalism constructivism neoconservatism and bureaucratic politics and decomposes their predictions He digs into prominent zombie films and novels such as Night of the Living Dead and World W. Ever since I first started studying International Relations I have felt the need for a layman s explanation of IR theory that would fill the gap between me attempting to explain the differences between realism and neorealism on the back of a beer coaster or recommending a read of something by Kenneth Waltz Samuel Huntington or John J Mearshimer Theories of International Politics and Zombies offers the promise of being just that book anything with Zombies in the title couldn t possibly be too academic and heavyweight surely A further advantage is that whatever your views of global warming transnational capitalism or Islamic fundamentalism most readers would agree that a Zombie outbreak would be a security problem deserving of state and international responses If your philosophical response to zombies would be to agree with Noam Chomsky that we just need to blame Wall Street and oppose anything Washington does or with Pat Robertson that it would all be because of homosexuals you might as well stop reading nowAfter examining the Zombie literary and popular culture canon to identify the nature of the threat think along the lines of George Romero zombies rather than traditional Haitian ones Drezner takes a chapter each to describe how states would respond if motivated by realist liberalist neo conservative and constructivist policy followed by further discussion of constraints on policymakers such as domestic politics and possible institutional or bureaucratic failings in the face of such a dynamic threat liberally peppered with examples from such authoritative references as Night of the Living Dead Shaun of the Dead and World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War This is done with a generally light touch and some genuinely witty observations my only real objection is that Drezner has let his own non zombie infested world policy preferences shine through in the neo conservative chapter which is largely a thinly veiled swipe at the military response to Ira and Afghanistan Fair enough but a bit discussion of the likely failings of the liberal UN peacekeeping force that turns up with timid rules of engagement that leads to it watching zombies eat the locals would have been just as amusingOverall though I thoroughly enjoyed it even if I did get a couple of strange looks reading it in a crowded airport lounge especially when I guffawed out loud at the wry footnotes explaining how neocons would just invade Ira again out of force of habit or how the EU would eagerly take the opportunity to ban the import of UK beef As a Zombie literature neophyte I found this side of the book uite easy to follow but I wonder if the IR side of the book especially the occasional references to game theory is still a bit too much of an in joke for policy wonks and a bit off putting for the wider public I plan on inflicting this on unsuspecting workmates and friends to see what they think and will get back to you Until then four stars

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International Politics eBook #10003 What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the uestion that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask Addressing timely issues with analytical bite Drezner looks at how well known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with Theories of Kindle zombies Exploring the plots of popular zombie films songs and books Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for. This book offers the practice of international relations between man and zombies as opposed to statenation vs statenationThis was a reuired text for an IR class Personally I found it a bit difficult as my exposure to the zombie genre was limited to Night of the Living Dead The film was ok but the subject was one that I was not attracted to Little did I know I would be reading about zombies forty years later The discussions were interesting and gave one a great deal of thought to the practice of foreign relationsMy lack of stars is partly based on my unfamiliarity with the zombie genre but it is still a very useful book I doubt if it is going to be sought out as a book for relaxation


10 thoughts on “Theories of International Politics and Zombies

  1. says:

    This book offers the practice of international relations between man and zombies as opposed to state/nation vs state/nation.This was a required text for an IR class Personally I found it a bit difficult as my exposure to the zombie genre was

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    I bought this book for a political science class It was difficult at first to understand the author’s analogies for zombies However it didn’t take long to relate his message to current world politics, issues, and theories that many democratic countries face Well written and hard to put down once you get into it I learned a lot of new words, but not written for just scholars.

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    It appears that those of us who remain human can survive the zombie apocalypse after all, if we’re lucky Addressing what he describes as the “zombie gap” in the existing international relations literature, Drezner (a Tufts University professor and member of the Zombie Research Society) analyzes and compares various theories of international relations by looking at how each would predict the actions of states in th

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    Ever since I first started studying International Relations I have felt the need for a layman's explanation of IR theory that would fill the gap between me attempting to explain the differences between realism and neorealism on the back of a be

  5. says:

    If you've ever wondered why governments do what they do, or been confused by what exactly is meant by the terms

  6. says:

    This is rational prose as well as funny eccentric writing Author Daniel W Drezner not only jokes, but also conveys an important serious message.In other words, this is not only about non existing, nonsensical stuff

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    A short but fact filled journey through the different situations that would likely occur if the Zombie apocalypse ever came If you're thinking that this can teach you something about real world scenarios, then you would be right It

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    Makes learning IR theory interesting

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    Extremely funny

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    Stell Dir vor, es käme der Zombie und keiner hätte eine gute International Relations Theorie parat Dem sei Dan Drezners Buch vor! Der US Professor verbindet fundierte Zombie Studien und Recherchen mit einer kurzen wie pointierten Darlegung einiger wichtiger Richtungen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Realismus, Liberalismus, sogar Konstruktivismus und natürlich die Neo Konservativen, Die Letztgenannten würden bei einem Auftr

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