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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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Not expecting much from this book I got quite a lot – not just the jokes but a framework drezne analyzing global issues not limited to zombies. Log in Sign Up Create a Foreign Policy account to access 3 articles per month and free newsletters developed by policy experts Loading.

The main weakness with this text is that its introductory nature and brief length mean a lot of nuance is missing in the drezneg of each theory. Drezner would have also needed to contribute something new to the discussion of international politics, a distinct – or at least iterative – theory beyond the description of what exists presently in the field.

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A structural realist would argue that, because of the uneven distribution of capabilities, some governments will be better placed to repulse the zlmbies than others. Global power dynamics and social networking are used in some areas, but the primary analogue is the spread of infectious disease.

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It’s a nice, fun, quick read, that introduces readers to the key IR theories in a fun way. Drezner August 18,1: View all 6 comments. Never have I been so wrong.

This book is of no help to them. Sign up for free access to 3 articles per month and weekly email updates from expert policy analysts.

Unfortunately, I fear that constructivists would predict a norm cascade from the rise of zombies. Princeton University Press, So, you all have read the Facebook challenges about what you drszner do if the zombie apocalypse comes.


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In terms of being a book about the zombie apocalypse, this does little. Still, Drezner could’ve gone deeper into explicating the theories without lo I’m not entirely proud to say I read this.

It doesn’t get five stars because I wanted a deezner more. Though the book was very much well-researched in both zombie and international relations literature, I felt like it still was still lacking in terms of other explanatory concepts such as zmbies, culture and class in predicting how humans would react.

Ever since I first heard about the book, I’d been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic or absurdist attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and what good it can create. I wanted more discussion of refugee and migrant crises, disaster response, national security challenges.

But even with such an ambitious theme, this is just another non-fiction book, trying its level best to look cool. I picked up this book for the zombies, but ultimately I think the best part about it is the basic understanding of theories of international relations.

But maybe most importantly, the book is so short and the bringing-together of international politics and zombies is so superficial that it just doesn’t work.

Realists, who believe the global structure is anarchical, predict no or only unstable cooperation between states in the case of a zombie attack. As for its application of theory, I think its relatively sound. Another way of thinking about this is that the introduction of zombies creates a stronger feeling of ontological security among remaining humans — i.

Drazner provides a brief primer on realpolitik, liberal and neo-conservative thinking o I picked up this book for the zombies, but ultimately I think the best part about it is the basic understanding of theories of international relations. This book is more intended to clarify the theories, rather than actually teach them, so if you don’t know anything about it, it might be helpful to look into the theories as your reading about them.

Having personally read this in the holiday between high school and university I found that this book helped introduce some key theoretical zombiez to me that were useful to know going into an introductory international relations course. Drazner provides a brief primer on realpolitik, liberal zombise neo-conservative thinking on international relations and then filters them through the zombie apocalypse.


In all honesty, this really is an accessible primer on realism, liberalism, constructivism, and other IR concepts. But surprisingly, this is exactly why Drezner’s book is so effective.

Given the lack of scholarly consensus regarding the origin of zombies, Drezner rightly concludes that significant investments in prevention are unlikely to have much effect, aside from being prohibitively expensive — an argument of particular importance given the current global financial crisis. Drezner is largely successful in meeting the informational needs of the reader just entering into the discussion of international politics, but falls short of similarly informing the critical devotee to which he, as tour guide, also aims to address.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

In the middle of reading a much longer book on network theory, I decided to pick this book up to break up my reading. So long as a wide swath of policy, actions, and motivations are considered, Theories of International Politics and Zombies makes a great companion to considerations of everything from democracies to despots.

The good news is that these same realists would argue that there is no inherent difference between human states and zombie states. The book contains amusing references to popular Zombie-related movies and books, using them to illustrate and buttress variegated responses by the humans non-flesh devouring. He would’ve been better off had he relied less on the fictional ‘primary” sources, and instead stuck to even more real world examples.


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