Theories of international politics and zombies /

Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of international politics and zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie thr...

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Main Author: Drezner, Daniel W.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011.
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Review by Choice Review

Drezner's book is the latest in the surprisingly growing genre of political zombie literature. Its attractive quality is, of course, its flesh-eating meta-theme, but the work is successful for its clear, comparative introduction to international relations theory. Drezner (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univ.) reviews realist, liberal, neoconservative, and constructivist interpretations of a zombie threat, and then delves into bureaucratic and psychological approaches. The chapter on neoconservatism is a nice inclusion of ideology, though incomplete, since it was not contrasted with any center or Left ideologies. Drezner also oddly omits historical materialism, a necessary component of any introduction to international relations, and whose ideological orientation could have provided comparative analysis. In fact, at 114 substantive and often compelling pages, Drezner's work frequently leaves the reader hungry for more discussion. Overall, the use of zombies may be too tempting for instructors to pass up. Drezner's book can be paired with other, more extensive materials. It may also interest general readers and zombies alike. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, and research faculty. G. P. Williams University of Connecticut

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Drezner (All Politics Is Global), a Tufts professor of international politics, comes up with an intriguing intellectual conceit to explain various schools of international political theory. He imagines a world overrun with zombies and considers the likely responses of national governments, the U.N. and other international organizations, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). He examines possible reactions through the lens of seven theoretical approaches including realpolitik, liberalism, neoconservatism, and bureaucratic politics. After considering the efficacy of each approach in combating the zombie hordes, Drezner weighs their flaws and concludes that given the limitations of human reason and a highly fluid situation, all theories are "more circumscribed than international relations theorists proclaim in their scholarship." Drezner is fascinated with zombies-he's seen all the movies and read the books-and writes with clarity, insight, and wit. For example, he notes that as zombies bite humans, who then become zombies, human-zombie "alliances of convenience" might be possible," that NGOs would arise "devoted to the defense of the living dead," and that neoconservative "shock-and-awe" military approaches probably wouldn't impress the undead zombies. This slim book is an imaginative and very helpful way to introduce its subject-who knew international relations could be this much fun? (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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