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review Theories of International Politics and Zombies Join or create book clubs É 4 Free download Read Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Join or create book clubs 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 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 War Z to see where essential th. 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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review Theories of International Politics and Zombies Join or create book clubs É 4 Free download Read Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Join or create book clubs 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 zombies Exploring the plots of popular zombie films songs and books Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in. 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 the event of a plague of brain eating zombies Lest you think that the walking dead are not the kind of threat that can help illuminate political reality in the 21st century keep in mind that some of the most vexing threats to world order occupying the strategic thinking of political and military leaders today are not the traditional concerns of invasion by another state Think of threats like terrorists piracy failed state implosion and yes zombies OK maybe zombies don t occupy the same mental space as the other threats but if they did would there really be a different set of possible responses than those Drezner outlines And that s the serious scholarly part of his argument The nature of the challenges to international stability has changed and it is worth asking whether or not states can operate in the same way as before in the face of those challenges And if they can or must then which strategic approach will yield the best resultsThis book would be good as assigned reading in introductory classes in international politics in either high school or college Seriously As an entry point into the topic a zombie invasion is as good as any other Would the uestion be any different if the threat came from a massive invasion of Jinn or perytons or deranged hippogriffs Not really except for the shuffling step the moaning and the fondness for human brains And because Drezner knows his zombie stuff the book would also be a pretty good place to start for anyone interested in the topic of zombie literature and filmDrezner is right There is not nearly enough discussion of a possible zombie invasion in the international relations literature Read this book batten down your brain and keep your powder dry

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review Theories of International Politics and Zombies Join or create book clubs É 4 Free download Read Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Join or create book clubs Eories 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 dige. 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 is a good by for a first year IR student