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. Book review. Theories of International Relations and Zombies. By Daniel W. Drezner. Princeton University Press, (U$ WATERLOO – A “zombie gap in international relations” must be addressed if humanity is to be safeguarded from the perils of the undead.

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Already have an account? I picked up this book for the zombies, but ultimately I think crezner best part about it is the basic understanding of theories of international relations. Aug 27, Zohal rated it liked it Recommended to Zohal by: I have zmbies a great deal about Zombies ; wish I could say the same about International Politics.

The zombies hate us for our freedoms In the middle of reading a much longer book on network theory, I decided to pick this book up to break up my reading. To ask other readers questions about Theories of International Politics and Zombiesplease sign up.

In all honesty, this really is an accessible primer on realism, liberalism, constructivism, and other IR concepts. But once each theory started being broken down into zombie terms and how each type of theorist would deal with a zombie outbreak, I started getting more confused.

Drezner presents good questions. Oct 14, Todd rated it it was ok. View all 6 comments. This book explained them in a way that made sense, and was entertaining.

Theory of International Politics and Zombies

He examines the most prominent international relations theories–including realism, liberalism, constructivism, neoconservatism, and bureaucratic politics–and decomposes their predictions.

Book reviews, English, Global governance. He is currently writing a book on Brazil’s role in Latin American politics. Still, Drezner could’ve gone deeper into explicating the theories without losing his audience. I don’t agree with all of it to the letter, but the core is there, and though I would have preferred Drezner explained more of the critical theory part of the book I personally would have gone with the racial aspect of critical theory than feminism, but to each his ownultimately, I think it had good coverage.


Realists, who believe the global structure is anarchical, predict no or only unstable cooperation between states in the case of a zombie attack. However, the response would likely be to invade and occupy the central state in the zombie-affected area. It’s funny in a dry way. Quotes from Theories of Inter Mar 30, Brian rated it really liked it. The rise of the undead could thus have not only a potentially high human cost, but also profound systemic implications, requiring a coordinated international response from both state and non-state actors.

Theories of International Relations and Zombies. The language of the book was much dryer and academic than I expected, and it took me far longer to get through such a small volume than I had anticipated. While the threat might be existential, accommodation or recognition are not options. To its credit, the neoconservatives would dreznrr the zombie threat as an existential threat to the human way of life.

Feb 18, J Everett rated it really liked it. To Marxists, the undead symbolize the oppressed proletariat.

In the opening chapter of Waltz’s book excerpted in Keohane zombues, the author states his intentions quite clearly, which is, paraphrasing, to 1 examine existing political approaches and their theoretical importance, 2 construct a remedial theory to those theories, and 3 examine the applications of this new theory, structural realism.

Never have I been so wrong. You know what your weapons are, who your teams are.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

Without delving into the complicated definitional crezner of a more scholarly work, Theories of International Politics and Zombies serves as an overview of international politics outside the walls of academia and the sciences.

It takes a subject which can easily be boring, dry, and borderline incomprehensible to anyone outside the field and makes it fascinating, hilarious, and incredibly accessible to the layman. Drezner’s preface to the book uses a Graceland tour guide as the analogy to what his treatise hopes to be; and it works. But even with such zokbies ambitious theme, this is just another non-fiction book, trying its level best to look cool. In an International Relations Theory class a year and a half ago, my lecturer mentioned this book, probably because myself and my friends kept suggesting aliens as a solutions to all IR related problems.


Author tries his level best in using contemporary movies like Shawn of the Dead and Resident Evil as reference material.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

His posits are well researched and plausible – even though he is dealing with a subject matter pure fiction. Rounded up to 3 stars because this is a great book, and the zombie correlation is a great one. Yes, he’s jumping on the financial bandwagon for everything that is zombie the hottest horror ticket in dreznr over the past few yearsbut that doesn’t detract from a real think-piece that dfezner the reader in his world of possible outcomes of a world-wide pandemic.

And how does this same neo-con believe we should respond? Jul 27, Christopher L. But once each theory started being broken down into zombie terms and how each type 2. It’s a nice, fun, quick read, that introduces In an International Relations Theory class a year and a half ago, my lecturer mentioned this book, probably because myself and my friends kept suggesting aliens as a solutions to all IR related problems.

A fun and entertaining way to learn about the theories of international politics.

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At a pages it’s a quick read and perhaps something fun for those curious. It’s enjoyable, though quite short. I’m a bit bitter because one of my favourite schools of thought and critical theory in International Relations theory was missed out – post colonialism.

However, I think you’d have to be a very much MORE into international relations than I am and picking up on some of the subtle cleverness of his presentation, b zombiess much LESS into international relations and the social sciences in general than I am, and have this as a true introduction, or c very much more familiar with t It’s quite an amusing book, and I had fun reading it.

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