When Martians Go to Venus: Structural Realism in Europe

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This chapter provides a systematic discussion of the origins, development and influence of structural realism in Europe. It identifies the characteristics of European structural realism and discusses how European structural realist thought has spilled back into the discipline of international relations. European realists have influenced the realist perspective on international relations and realist debates on international relations from three points departure, which also coincide with three overlapping waves of theorizing: 1) Pre-structural realism associated with classical English School realists such as Martin Wight, Hedley Bull and Herbert Butterfield; 2) Structural realism exploring how systemic processes transmit and modify structural incentives, while pointing to the continued importance of power politics; 3) Post-structural realism associated with the Copenhagen School pushing realist thinking beyond state-centric actorness and exploring the link between political discourse and material power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRealism: A Distinctively 20th Century European Tradition
EditorsAlexander Reichwein, Felix Rösch
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2021
Pages133-149
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-58454-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-58455-9
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Publication statusPublished - 2021

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