This book develops a framework for analyzing the security policies of states. The framework is grounded in structural theories of International Relations and Comparative Politics. It highlights the effect of international structures on how states act in the security realm. In particular, it draws attention to the effects of the international distribution of power and historically grown institutions of security policy. Its main argument is that these international structures induce states to pursue a policy of ‘constrained balancing’.


Foreign Policy Structural Realism Security Policy International Politics International Relation 
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© Dirk Peters 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Peters
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  1. 1.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtGermany

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