Power transition, the two-good theory, and neorealism: A comparison with comments on recent U.S. foreign policy

Glenn Hunter Palmer, T. Clifton Morgan

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This paper compares the assumptions of three approaches to the study of international relations - neorealism, power transition, and the "two-good theory." We show that neorealism is an underspecified theory that has limited empirical support. While there are significant differences between them, power transition and the two-good theory have much in common. The paper illustrates the differences between power transition and the two-good theory by applying the later to the recent American foreign policy. Generally, the two-good theory predicts an activist US attempting to impose its preferences in the international arena - are consistent with what we observe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-346
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Interactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations

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