Realism, the dominant theory of international relations, particularly regarding security, seems compelling in part because of its claim to embody so much of Western political thought from the ancient Greeks to the present. Its main challenger, liberalism, looks to Kant and nineteenth-century economists. Despite their many insights, neither realism nor liberalism gives us adequate tools to grapple with security globalization, the liberal ascent, and the American role in their development. In reality, both realism and liberalism and their main insights were largely invented by republicans writing about republics.
The main ideas of realism and liberalism are but fragments of republican security theory, whose primary claim is that security entails the simultaneous avoidance of the extremes of anarchy and hierarchy, and that the size of the space within which this is necessary has expanded due to technological change.
In Daniel Deudney's reading, there is one main security tradition and its fragmentary descendants. This theory began in classical antiquity, and its pivotal early modern and Enlightenment culmination was the founding of the United States. Moving into the industrial and nuclear eras, this line of thinking becomes the basis for the claim that mutually restraining world government is now necessary for security and that political liberty cannot survive without new types of global unions.
Unique in scope, depth, and timeliness, Bounding Power offers an international political theory for our fractious and perilous global village.
"A long-awaited and truly brilliant book, Bounding Power presents nothing less than a major new vision of world politics--while, along the way, reinterpreting the classic philosophical traditions in international relations, providing striking portraits of the evolving logic of order in major historical eras, and illuminating possible global futures. . . . [F]ew books on world politics have ever looked so searchingly at the past to see the future."--G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs
"Among books on international relations theory, this is one of the most important works to be published in recent years. . . . Deudney synthesizes traditional IR theory with the logic of republican politics, producing a book that is as creative and original as it is erudite and sophisticated. . . . Bounding Power is destined to become a classic work of IR theory."--Charles A. Kupchan, Perspectives on Politics
"This expansive investigation into the history of international relations theory is as insightful as it is enlightening.... [T]his book is a major achievement, and should become indispensable for graduate-level courses in IR theory."--Choice
"This wide-ranging and ground-breaking book is packed with historical claims and theoretical concepts related to its central theme: the existence, configuration, and the continued relevance of republican security theory (RST) from ancient Greece to the present."--Casper Sylvest, Political Studies Review
Table of Contents:
List of Figures ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
INTRODUCTION: Before Realism and Liberalism 1
PART I: Traditions and Theory
CHAPTER ONE: Republican Security Theory 27
CHAPTER TWO: Relatives and Descendants 61
PART II: From the Polis to Federal Union
CHAPTER THREE: The Iron Laws of Polis Republicanism 91
CHAPTER FOUR: Maritime Whiggery 114
CHAPTER FIVE: The Natural'Republic' of Europe 136
CHAPTER SIX: The Philadelphian System 161
PART III: Toward the Global Village
CHAPTER SEVEN: Liberal Historical Materialism 193
CHAPTER EIGHT: Federalist Global Geopolitics 215
CHAPTER NINE: Anticipations of World Nuclear Government 244