By Joseph M. Grieco; Abstract: The newest liberal institutionalism asserts that, although it accepts a major realist proposition that international. Anarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism Author(s): Joseph M. Grieco Source: International Organization. Grieco claims that liberalism has attributed to realism a concept of the state that is not present in realist theory. Liberal literature takes as its unit.

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Yet, accordingto realists,statesdo notbelievethatthelackofa commongovernment onlymeansthatnoagency can reliablyenforcepromises. Power and the MultinationalCorporation: See Working also Mitrany, Peace System,pp.

Assuming that politicians believe that an open economy is good for everyone i. NLI theory fails to consider the threat of war arising from international anarchy. Neoliberalsassumethatstateshave onlyone goal in mixed-interest in- Hegemony, This site uses cookies.

InternationalOrganization42, 3, Summer ? Similarly,Carrsuggeststhatwar”lurksinthebackground politicsjustas ofinternational revolutionlurksin thebackgroundof domesticpolitics.

Froma realistviewpoint, somestatesmaybe negative altruists,butall stateswillbe “defensive Waltzemphasizesthathe does anarcyh statesnecessarily positionalists.

RobertAxelrod, forexample,seeks to addressthisquestion: Carr suggestedthat “the mostseriouswarsare fought in orderto makeone’s owncountry militarily strongeror, more often,to preventanotherfrombecomingmilitarily ’58 Alongthesamelines,Gilpin stronger. Muchoftheliterature on theproblemofregionalintegration amongdevel- opingcountries theimportance also emphasizes gainsissues. A substantial thatis notbased on liberalism neverthelesssharesthe abouttheunityand rationality latter’sskepticism of states.

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They therefore are not cooperatkon in absolute gains, but in preventing others from achieving advances in their relative capabilities. However,thisunderstanding of state utilitycannotbe readilybased on Waltz,forhiscoreinsight, and thatoftherealisttradition, is notthatall statesnecessarily seek a balanceof advantagesin theirfavor although some maydo this butratherthatall fearthatrelativegainsmayfavorand thusstrengthen others.


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Anarchy and the limits of cooperation: a realist critique of the newest liberal institutionalism

CornellUniversity toInternational This content downloaded from It suggeststhattheyare notultimate causes of world eventsbutinsteadare themselves resultantsof thedevelopment of a singleworldcapitalist economy. In other words, institutions can help states to cooperate. See, forexample,Lynn ofrelative K. Realisttheoryalso arguesthatinternationalinsti- tutionsare unableto mitigate anarchy’sconstrainingeffectson inter-state cooperation.

Morgenthau,Politics Among Nations, p. Youngsuggests thatrealistsassumethatstatesare “statusmaximizers” andattribute to states thetendency tocompareperformance levelsbecauseeachseeks”to attainthehighest possible rankin thehierarchy ofmembers oftheinternationalcommunity.

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Faced with both cooperatioon and relative od problems states seek to ensure that others comply with agreements and that the collaboration produces balanced gains. Strategies and Institutions,” WorldPolitics38 October ,pp. For neoliberal institutionalists,then,anarchyand mixedinterestsoftencause statesto suffer the opportunity costs of notachievingan outcomethatis mutually morebeneficial. However,additionaltestsof thetwo theoriescan and shouldbe under- taken.

In thetradefield,suchefforts wouldincludetheTokyoRound codes on non-tariff barriersand efforts by theNordicstatesto construct regionalfree-trade arrangements.

Because of anarchy, according toneoliberals, individualsorstatesbelievethatno agencyis avail- able to “enforcerules,” or to “enact or enforcerulesofbehavior,”or to “forcethemto cooperatewitheach other.

In other words, this is the threat of cooperatkon. For realisttheory,state effortsto cooperate entailthese dangers plus the much greater risk,forsome states,thatcooperationmight someday result in lost independence or se- curity.


Steinarguesthathistheory of regimes”is rootedin theclassiccharacterization international of international politicsas re- lationsbetweensovereign entitiesdedicatedto theirownself-preservation, ultimatelyable to dependonlyuponthemselves, andpreparedto resortto force”;see Stein,”Coordination and Collaboration,”p.

Citingan unpublished studyby Keohane,Nyerecently refers twovariants tothefirst as commercial anddemocratic liberalism, respectively, and suggeststhatthethirdmightbe termedsociologicalliberalism.

Thus,comparedto realism,theseearlierversionsof kimits stitutionalismoffereda morehopefulprognosis forinternational cooperation anda moreoptimistic assessmentofthecapacityofinstitutions tohelpstates achieveit. Priorto the currentdecade, it appearedin threesuccessive presentations-functionalist theoryinthesandearlys, integration neofunctionalist theoryin the sand s,and in- regionalintegration terdependence theoryin the s.

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Could we for example imagine the USA allowing China to achieve a position of dominance based on trade etc.? This view anachy highly gridco. Assuming the world opens up all its markets and the equilibrium is achieved whereby each produces subject to its competitive advantage, then states will simply have to accept the level of power which their advantageous industries afford them. Krasner, Defending the National Interest: Neoliberalism’s proponents findthattightly knitlinkageswithin andacrossissue-areasaccentuateiterativeness andthus facilitatecooperation.

A state may cooperate or defect. Iftwostatesareworried or uncertainaboutrelativeachievements of gains,theneach willprefera less durablecooperative arrangement, foreachwouldwanttobe moreread- ilyable to exitfromthearrangement ifgaps in gainsdid cometo favorthe other. See Keohane, AfterHegemony, pp.