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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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What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living?

Ozmbies quite an amusing book, and I had fun reading it. Indeed, citing several zombie movies, Drezner shows that human beings rarely develop a coordinated response when threatened by zombies — the same may apply to states. This is because it clearly communicates many of the This is a great introduction to international relations theory, particularly for undergraduate university students or those about to commence university and people with a general interest in the subject matter.

Had he been trying to appease such a critical class of zomvies his work would have had to open with a litany of carefully considered and thoughtfully arrived at definitions to terms that are taken for granted in Drezner’s text, as is the case of Waltz’s work, which tries to exhaustively define law, theory, model, and a number of other terms fundamental to the discussion.

An entertaining and useful intro to theories of international politics, but ultimately limited in its scope and utility. Additionally, a very broad sociological view is taken to consider the domestic American response, the role of bureaucracy, and the effect of bias and behavior in individuals.

Aug 27, Zohal rated it liked it Recommended to Zohal by: Similarly, one would expect the European Union to issue one mother of a EU Directive to cope with the zomgies, and handle questions of zombie comitology. Trending Now Sponsored Links by Taboola.

A cool introduction to international relations theory through the popular example of zombies and an apocalypse: It reminds me a bit of those “Philosophy of X” books that use popular culture to guide readers into philosophical concepts. This is especially true in the chapter on constructivism where he notes that in some ways zombies conform to favorable norms; zombies do not discriminate, and they lead a very ecofriendly existence, “walk[ing] everywhere and eating only organic foods.


I read the book a while ago, but I recall Drezner’s explanations frezner certain critical theory approaches to be particularly simplistic.

At a pages it’s a quick read and perhaps something fun for those curious. 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 religion, culture and class in predicting how humans would react.

As to whether or not the book is a suitable companion to coursework in the political sciences, it depends on the intentions of the course. Drezner and zombie cannon both agree that developing nations will be decimated by a plague of the undead.

On the other hand, the report has clear freaked out Alex Massie:. You know what your weapons are, who your teams are. Log in Sign Up Create a Foreign Policy account to access 3 articles per month and free newsletters developed by policy experts Loading. How would a neo-conservative think the world would respond to this crisis? The neoconservative policy response to an uprising of the undead flesh-eaters would be simple and direct Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies.

The language of the book was much dryer and academic than I expected, and it took me far longer to get through such a small volume than I had anticipated.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

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 I started this book with high expectations, partly because of dreznerr great cover design, but mainly because I was excited by the sense of humor of an author putting together the topics of international politics and zombies.


Already have an account? In the end, I don’t feel like I learned anything, and I sure wasn’t entertained by all those grandpa jokes about zombies. Feb 01, Mwakamui Iluya rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

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It’s a nice, fun, quick read, that drezne readers to the key IR theories in a fun way. Take an insightful professor of international politics with a great sense of humor, mix in the entire canon of zombie lit and cinema, and you have the recipe for a delightfully fun and irreverent look at the “what dreznsr of a world gone mad with brain drzener hordes. And how does this same neo-con believe we should respond?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was often a bit dry and strained and nowhere near as enjoyable as, for example, World War Z, but Theories of International Politics and Zombies was still a quick enough read and laugh-out-loud funny enough in enough places I’ll generously give it four stars. I’m a bit bitter. I’d recommend it to either a student of International Politics, or a fan of zombie literature, but I can’t really say a casual reader would become a fan of either just by reading Theories of Intl.

Equally absurd, on the subject of zombie dominance in political realism theory the author suggests sovereign states allying with a zombie nation to prevent increased zombie national power at the expense of their own. In terms of being a book about the zombie apocalypse, this does little.

It’s pretty straightforward and the ideas behind the zombies are fairly shallow.