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Rational Theory of International Politics:
The Logic of Competition and Cooperation
Charles L. Glaser

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"This is destined to be one of the most important books on international relations theory. Glaser brings crystal clarity to a core problem that has vexed thinkers for centuries: under what conditions will the very structure of international politics drive states to adopt policies that raise the specter of war? Anyone who wants to know what contemporary international relations theory has to say about the prospects for peace must read this book."--William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College

"Glaser offers a rich but economical explanation for how states would choose their national security strategies if they were rational. He challenges realism's prediction of a generally conflictual world while capturing those specific constellations of factors that do contribute to intense competition. A must-read for theorists of international conflict."--Barry R. Posen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Glaser, in his usual penetrating and meticulous fashion, explains how states' leaders should behave if they have their wits about them. Impressively integrating and extending insights from his seminal articles, he anchors his rational theory in the security dilemma and the distinction between greedy and security-seeking states. Rationalists and realists of every kind will find their arguments sharpened by his analysis, and others will be gratified by the pristine clarity of his reasoning."--Jack Snyder, Columbia University

"Charles Glaser has one of the finest analytical minds on the planet and it is on full display in Rational Theory of International Politics, where he makes a sophisticated and sustained case for a more refined version of realism."--John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

"Charles Glaser is one of the leading theorists of international relations today and this book presents the most comprehensive and persuasive statement of one of the main contending schools of thought. Glaser develops the realist tradition into a coherent though non-formal rationalist international relations theory that has much to offer scholars of world politics as well as aspiring practitioners."--Andrew H. Kydd, author of Trust and Mistrust in International Relations

"This is one of the most interesting books in security studies from the last ten years. Glaser takes on a huge, significant subject that scholars have been working on for decades. The theoretical analysis at the core of the book is nuanced, careful, and original."--Stephen G. Brooks, author of Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict

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