Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pg. 99: R. Ned Lebow's "A Cultural Theory of International Relations"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: A Cultural Theory of International Relations by Richard Ned Lebow.

About the book, from the publisher:
In this exciting new volume, Richard Ned Lebow introduces his own constructivist theory of political order and international relations based on theories of motives and identity formation drawn from the ancient Greeks. His theory stresses the human need for self-esteem, and shows how it influences political behavior at every level of social aggregation. Lebow develops ideal-type worlds associated with four motives: appetite, spirit, reason and fear, and demonstrates how each generates a different logic concerning cooperation, conflict and risk-taking. Expanding and documenting the utility of his theory in a series of historical case studies, ranging from classical Greece to the war in Iraq, he presents a novel explanation for the rise of the state and the causes of war, and offers a reformulation of prospect theory. This is a novel theory of politics by one of the world's leading scholars of international relations.
Read an excerpt from A Cultural Theory of International Relations, and learn more about the book at the Cambridge University Press website.

Richard Ned Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and Centennial Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Visit Richard Ned Lebow's faculty webpage.

The Page 99 Test: A Cultural Theory of International Relations.

--Marshal Zeringue