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Theories of International Politics and Zombies

By Andrew Lovett-Barron
Published in Reading
May 02, 2021
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This week is all about zombies. But actually, this book is a joy to read. It’s a very quick romp through some of the key theories of contemporary international relations, but with zombies.

You get exactly what you’re promised. Drezner guides us through realism, liberalism (and neoliberalism), constructivism, critical feminist theory, and even gingerly toes the water of actor-network theory before moving on.

For anyone who’s studied IR, there’s not really all that much new here, but it’d be my go-to recommendation for someone new to the field. It actually goes beyond just using zombies to explain the theory, but also is written with plenty of references to strategy documents and historical references to back up the assertions.

Anyway. I loved this book. It was a fun distraction and you’ll inadvertently learn something while you’re at it.

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