The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy

ISBN : 9780198840299

Thierry Balzacq; Ronald R. Krebs
752 ページ
171 x 246 mm

A clearly articulated, well-defined, and relatively stable grand strategy is supposed to allow the ship of state to steer a steady course through the roiling seas of global politics. However, the obstacles to formulating and implementing grand strategy are, by all accounts, imposing. The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy addresses the conceptual and historical foundations, production, evolution, and future of grand strategy from a wide range of standpoints. The seven constituent sections present and critically examine the history of grand strategy, including beyond the West; six distinct theoretical approaches to the subject; the sources of grand strategy, ranging from geography and technology to domestic politics to individual psychology and culture; the instruments of grand strategy's implementation, from military to economic to covert action; political actors', including non-state actors', grand strategic choices; the debatable merits of grand strategy, relative to alternatives; and the future of grand strategy, in light of challenges ranging from political polarization to technological change to aging populations. The result is a field-defining, interdisciplinary, and comparative text that will be a key resource for years to come.


1 Thierry Balzacq and Ronald R. Krebs: The Enduring Appeal of Grand Strategy
I. The History of Grand Strategy
2 Lawrence Freedman: Grand Strategy: The History of a Concept
3 Neville Morley: Thucydides' Legacy in Grand Strategy
4 Beatrice Heuser: The Clausewitzian Traditions: Die Politik and the Political Purpose of Strategy
5 Lukas Milevski: Liddell Hart's Impact on the Study of Grand Strategy
6 Karin M. Fierke: Grand Strategy Beyond the West
II. Theoretical Approaches
7 Charles Glaser: Rational Analysis of Grand Strategy
8 Daniel H. Nexon: Network Theory and Grand Strategy
9 Christian Bueger and Frank Gadinger: Making Grand Strategy in Practice
10 Thierry Balzacq and Pablo Barnier-Khawam: Ideas and Ideology in Grand Strategy
11 Markus Kornprobst and Corina-Ioana Traistaru: Discourse, Language, and Grand Strategy
12 Andrew W. Neal: Governmentality and Grand Strategy
III. Sources
13 Norrin Ripsman and Igor Kovac: Material Sources of Grand Strategy
14 Sophie-Charlotte Fischer, Andrea Gilli and Mauro Gilli: Technological Change and Grand Strategy
15 Jonathan D. Caverley: The Domestic Sources of Grand Strategy
16 Kevin Narizny: Economic Interests and Grand Strategy
17 Risa Brooks: Civil-Military Relations and Grand Strategy
18 Brian C. Rathbun: Individual Psychology and Grand Strategy: Romancing the State
19 David M. McCourt: Culture, Identity, and Grand Strategy
20 Stacie E. Goddard: Rhetoric, Legitimation, and Grand Strategy
IV. Instruments
21 Pascal Vennesson: Grand Strategy and Military Power
22 Ole Jacob Sending: Diplomacy and Grand Strategy
23 Bryan R. Early and Keith Preble: Grand Strategy and the Tools of Economic Statecraft
24 Gregory Mitrovich: Covert Action and Grand Strategy
25 Joshua Rovner: Intelligence and Grand Strategy
26 Rosella Cappella Zielinski: Financing the Grand Strategies of Great and Rising Powers
V. Strategic Menus and Choices
27 Robert Jervis: American Grand Strategies: Untangling the Debates
28 Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson: Strategy on the Upward Slope: The Grand Strategies of Rising States
29 Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent: Grand Strategies of Declining Powers
30 Anders Wivel: The Grand Strategies of Small States
31 Daniel Byman: The Grand Strategies of Violent Rebel Groups
32 William James: Grand Strategy and the Challenge of Change
33 Rebecca Friedman Lissner: Rethinking Grand Strategic Change: Overhauls versus Adjustments in Grand Strategy
VI. Assessing Grand Strategy
34 Hal Brands and Peter Feaver: Getting Grand Strategy Right
35 William C. Wohlforth: The Challenge of Evaluating Grand Strategy
36 Richard K. Betts: Is Grand Strategy an Illusion? Or, the Grandiosity of Grand Strategy
37 David M. Edelstein: The Limits of Grand Strategy
38 Peter Dombrowski: Alternatives to Grand Strategy
39 John Bew, Maeve Ryan and Andrew Ehrhardt: Grand Strategic Thinking in History
VII. The Future of Grand Strategy
40 Daniel W. Drezner: Grand Strategy in a Fractured Marketplace of Ideas
41 Ronald R. Krebs: Pluralism, Populism, and the Impossibility of Grand Strategy
42 Randall W. Schweller: Grand Strategy Under Nonpolarity
43 Robert G. Cantelmo and Sarah E. Kreps: Grand Strategy and Technological Futures
44 Mark L. Haas: Population Aging and Grand Strategy


Thierry Balzacq is Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po and Professorial Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po where he also serves as the director of graduate studies in International Relations. Balzacq held a Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2015), where he was also Fellow for outstanding research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. In 2015, Balzacq was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Diplomacy and International Security. He held a Marie Curie Visiting Chair in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth (2017-2019). He has published over a hundred scientific works in English and French, on Security, IR Theory, and Diplomatic Studies. Balzacq also co-edits the Oxford Studies in Grand Strategy book series. ; Ronald R. Krebs is Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Ron Krebs has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Israel (2012), as well as Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts (2017-2020), and a McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2006-2008) at the University of Minnesota. He has published numerous articles in both scholarly and general-interest journals, magazines, and websites. Prof. Krebs is currently editor-in-chief of the leading scholarly journal Security Studies. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Oxford University Press' Oxford Studies in Grand Strategy and of the Journal of Global Security Studies.;