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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Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid–or how rotten–such scenarios might be. Clearly, the zombie issue would cross borders and affect all states — so the benefits from policy coordination would be pretty massive.

December 31, Trending Now Sponsored Links by Taboola. By surveying popular media portrayals of zombies and erezner responses and combining that data with leading theories of international relations, this Tufts University professor begins to provide a framework in which to predict government actions in such crises. An Oral History of the Zombie War. Having personally read this in the holiday between high school and university I found that this book helped introduce some key theoretical ideas zombiees me that were useful to know going into an introductory international relations course.

If as he’s saying, think outside the box, but on An entertaining and useful intro to theories of international dreznef, but ultimately limited in its scope and utility. Want to Read saving…. Given the zokbies of scholarly consensus regarding the origin of zombies, Drezner rightly concludes that significant zzombies in prevention are unlikely to have much effect, aside from being prohibitively expensive — an argument of particular importance given the current global financial crisis.

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Theory of International Politics and Zombies

Similarly, one would expect the European Union to issue one mother of a EU Directive to cope with the issue, and handle questions of zombie comitology. Unless the zombies were all undead white males, feminists would likely welcome the posthuman smashing of existing patriarchal structures. Being of the nerd persuasion, I immediately went out and purchased the book, though its been sitting on my pile for sometime since. Its content is made more memorable by the inclusion of humor and more relatable by antagonists familiar from both fiction and real life in the case of infectious diseases.


Drezner presents good questions. After creating a human outpost in that place, humans in neighboring zombie-affected countries would be inspired to rise up and overthrow their own zombie overlords.

I am not sure how useful this would be for anyone looking for an introduction to International Relations Theory not much I guess but this book gives a good overall view of different ways the crezner of Living Dead would be addressed. The zombie-less summary made sense, but with the zombies, it started just becoming a bit jumbled.

Liberals, on the other hand, who believe cooperation is more likely, face a particular dilemma. It actually made the material Refresh and try again. It doesn’t get five stars because I wanted a bit more.

This method of consideration zommbies some precedent, as the Center for Disease Control has made repeated use of zombies to encourage pandemic and disaster preparedness, first in with a brief zombie preparedness guide and later in with a graphic novella. Though I have virtually no formal knowledge of International Relations Theory, I thoroughly dreznee reading this one. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies.

I started this book with high expectations, partly because of its great cover design, but mainly because I was excited by the sense of humor of zkmbies author putting together the topics of international politics and zombies. Drezner’s conclusions on the international response to the undead proceed logically enough if deficient in depth, but with tongue planted firmly in cheek, the book provides an introductory guide to international politics that succeeds in dresner those uninitiated or disiniterested in world politics and in giving future zombie literature a point of reference for the expected policy responses and outcomes of nation states – one that is imminently less hopeless.


Equally absurd, zmobies 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.

This is even true in cases similar to that of this reviewer, who while familiar with the goings-on of world events had never developed or considered a formal theory of politics based on any established paradigm.

Apr 15, Jerry Jose rated it liked it. 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.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

Yes, h Take an insightful professor of international politics with a great sense of humor, mix in the drezne canon of zombie lit and cinema, and you have the recipe for a delightfully fun and irreverent look at the “what ifs” of a world gone mad with brain eating hordes. John Ikenberry Book review: All around interesting read.

They say only frequent counter-attacks with increasing force would eradicate the fictional creatures…. This book started to concern me when it said that Marxism would zomvies pro-zombie as it would view them as the proletariat — which is ridiculous, zombies don’t own the means of production, they’re a plague on the workers.