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Networks of Nations


  • 38 b/w illus. 62 tables
  • Page extent: 448 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.6 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521124577)

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In this book, Zeev Maoz offers a new theory of networked international politics. Maoz views the evolution of international relations over the last two centuries as a set of interacting, cooperative, and conflicting networks of states. The networks that emerged are the result of national choice processes about forming or breaking ties with other states. States are constantly concerned with their security and survival in an anarchic world. Their security concerns stem from their external environment and their past conflicts. Because many of them cannot ensure their security by their own power, they need allies to balance against a hostile international environment. The alliance choices made by states define the structure of security cooperation networks and spill over into other cooperative networks, including trade and institutions. Maoz tests his theory by applying social networks analysis (SNA) methods to international relations. He offers a novel perspective on the study of international relations as a system of interrelated networks that co-evolve and interact with one another.


Part I. What Are International Networks?: 1. Social networks analysis and the study of world politics; 2. Fundamental issues in social networks analysis – concepts, measures, methods; 3. The network structure of the international system, 1816–2001; 4. Security egonets: strategic reference groups and the microfoundations of national security policy; Part II. The Formation of International Networks – Theory and Evidence: 5. Networked international politics: a theory of network formation and evolution; 6. Testing the theory of international network formation; 7. Nations in networks: prestige, status-inconsistency, influence, and conflict; Part III. The Implications of the Theory of International Network Formation: 8. Democratic networks: resolving the democratic peace puzzle; 9. Interdependence and international conflict: the consequences of strategic and economic networks; 10. Evolution and change in the world system: a structural analysis of dependence, growth, and conflict in a class society; 11. An international system of networks: interdependence, polarization, balance, and international stability; 12. The network analysis of international politics: insights and evidence.


“Zeev Maoz masterfully weaves together theoretical, methodological, and measurement strands into a comprehensive tapestry depicting the potential for social network analysis to illuminate international relations. He provides an accessible blend of clear didactic exposition and rich substantive results that may attract rising generations of scholars eager to explore and exploit new territories. Whether he will compel the discipline into actually taking seriously the R in IR is an open question. We shall see whether shift happens in the battle of paradigms.” - David Knoke, University of Minnesota, American Journal of Sociology

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