IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

``War or Peace"?: A Critical examination in International Political Economy

Listed author(s):
  • Perrin Pierre

    (Université de Droit)

Registered author(s):

    Le problème du conflit dans les relations interétatiques a donné lieu à un débat important en Economie Politique Internationale. Lécole néolibérale, sappuyant sur la théorie des gains absolus, a pris position pour la prééminence de la coopération entre les Etats, alors que les théoriciens néoréalistes, se fondant sur le concept de gain relatif, ont prédit une tendance au conflit (sans que celui-ci se limite à la guerre). Une analyse critique de ces théories à partir des concepts fondamentaux de lécole autrichienne (incertitude, subjectivisme, vigilance de lentrepreneur) permet de montrer que les théories néolibérales et néoréalistes sont trop optimistes quant à la qualité de leur prédiction. Cet article conteste en particulier le fort degré de généralité que les théories des deux écoles prétendent atteindre. Il faut donc soit redéfinir la notion de généralité, soit admettre une large indétermination dans la tendance des relations interétatiques, soit prendre un autre chemin théorique pour résoudre la problématique.Conflict in the inter-state relations gave rise to an important discussion in International Political Economy. The so-called neo-liberal school, leaning on the theory of absolute earnings, supported the thesis of cooperation between the States, while neo-realists theory is based on the concept of relative earnings and push forward the trend of conflict (though not necessarily war). A critical examination of these theories using the fundamental concepts of the Austrian School (uncertainty, subjectivism, entrepreneurs alertness) is able to show that the neo- liberal and the neo-realist theories are too much optimistic with regard to their predictive nature. The latter do not achieve the generality they pretend to have. The trend of the interstates relations should be admitedly indeterminate unless an alternative theoretical way is taken to solve the issue.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 1-29

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:10:y:2000:i:2:n:6
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    Order Information: Web:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:10:y:2000:i:2:n:6. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Peter Golla)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.