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What is the central differences between classical and neo realism?

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02/08/2012

Classical realism, with the most prominent ideas proposed by Hans Morgenthau in 1948 in his work Politics among Nations, appeared way earlier than neo-realism - the ideology that was born by Kenneth Waltz's Theory of International Politics. Classical realism is a school of thought that concentrates mostly on human nature as the main cause that leads to power politics and moreover, conflicts and war within it. Neo realism, on the other hand, emphasizes on international anarchy as the reason for the disturbances in world politics. Classical realism is based on subjective evaluations of what human beings are like and how they shape up states rather than rationality as in neo realism which draws the correlation between international anarchy, the absence of international government, and struggle for power between nations. Classical realism monolithically asserts the only purpose of gaining power, while neo realism says states care about two prominent factors: security and power, not power only. There are numerous differences, however, they are not rival schools of thoughts.Classical realism, with the most prominent ideas proposed by Hans Morgenthau in 1948 in his work Politics Among Nations, appeared way earlier than neo-realism - the ideology that was born by Kenneth Waltz's Theory of International Politics.Classical realism is a school of thought that concentrates mostly on human nature as the main cause that leads to power politics and moreover, conflicts and war within it. Neo realism, on the other hand, emphasizes on international anarchy as the reason for the disturbances in world politics. Classical realism is based on subjective evaluations of what human beings are like and how they shape up states rather than rationality as in neo realism which draws the correlation between international anarchy, the absence of international government, and struggle for power between nations. Classical realism monothilically asserts the only perpose of gaining power, while neo realism says states care about two prominent factors: security and power, not power only. There are numerous differences, however, they are not rival schools of thoughts.