Structural Realism and Systemic Geopolitical Analysis: Convergences and Divergences


Ioannis Th. Mazis (Author) – University of Athens, Greece
Markos Troulis (Author)
Xanthippi Domatioti (Author)

Series: Global Political Studies

BISAC: POL062000

This book emphasizes the comparative study of theoretical as well as hypothetical issues of structural realism of international relations theory vis-à-vis those of systemic geopolitical analysis. Are they scientific fields evolved in parallel, common philosophical and cognitive roots? Could they be used as complementary theoretical tools or their relation is disjunctive and contrapuntal? When decoding the core hypotheses of structural realism and systemic geopolitical analysis, an effort takes place for the sake of the central scientific aim; i.e. the untainted descriptive analysis without ontologically groundless claims.

The debate on interstate relations and the framework, on which these are structured, is long-term with its philosophical background detected at the juxtaposition between those referring to “sein” and the others expressing the “sollen”. This research struggles to explain the converging and diverging points of view between the neorealist approach of international relations theory and the systemic geopolitical analysis.



Foreword by Emeritus Professor Panayiotis Ifestos

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Ontological references

Chapter 3. Structural realism

Chapter 4. Systemic geopolitical analysis

Chapter 5. Convergences

Chapter 6. Divergences

Chapter 7. Epistemological and methodological contradictions

Chapter 8. The Waltzian programmer and systemic geopolitics

Chapter 9. An evolution of the Waltzian programmer: John Mearsheimer’s approach

Chapter 10. Concluding remarks



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