By Richard Ned Lebow
During this quantity, Richard Ned Lebow introduces his personal constructivist idea of political order and diplomacy in accordance with theories of explanations and identification formation drawn from the traditional Greeks. His conception stresses the human desire for vanity, and indicates the way it affects political habit at each point of social aggregation. Lebow develops ideal-type worlds linked to 4 explanations: urge for food, spirit, cause and worry, and demonstrates how every one generates a unique good judgment bearing on cooperation, clash and risk-taking. increasing and documenting the application of his conception in a chain of ancient case reviews, starting from classical Greece to the warfare in Iraq, he provides a singular reason behind the increase of the nation and the factors of conflict, and gives a reformulation of prospect concept. it is a novel conception of politics by means of one of many world's top students of diplomacy.
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Has the spirit disappeared from public and international life as it has from political philosophy and social science? Historically we associate the goals of honor and standing with dynastic political units, but nationalism indicates the they are at least as important for modern democratic, industrial and postindustrial states. ”61 My argument goes a step further to contend that people who identify with nationalities or nations to some degree seek vicarious fulfillment and enhanced self-esteem through their victories, and suffer a corresponding loss of esteem, even humiliation, when they suffer setbacks.
I critique and refine his argument and offer an explanation for this conflict based on different aristocratic responses to modernity, the relative political power within countries of aristocrats with largely premodern values, and the relative size and economic power of the middle and commercial classes of these countries. I contend that the spirit offers a better account for the origins of World War I than explanations based on fear and interest. I use my case studies of imperialism and World War I to reformulate and extend prospect theory.
26 a cultural theory of international relations the Goths and their heroic myths. 98 Jennifer Mitzen contends that states can become dependent on security dilemmas because the routines they provide, while dangerous, help to stabilize their identities. 99 There is an obvious overlap between my project and the ontological security research program. Ontological security recognizes that identities are structured around diverse narratives and values, which once established give leaders strong incentives to act consistently with them, or at least to defend their policies with reference to them.
A Cultural Theory of International Relations by Richard Ned Lebow