Power from a realist versus a neorealist perspctive

Power from a realist versus a neorealist perspctive

Definition of classical realism and neorealism (200 words). Classical realist definition of power (300 words) Neorealist definition of power (300 words) The reason why states strive for power according to realist (due to a preponderant human desire to dominate) 350 words The reason why states strive for power from a neorealist perspective ( the anarchical nature of the system) 500 words How much power is enough. Comparison of offensive and defensive structural realism. Defensive realists (also structuralists) like Kenneth Waltz say it is unwise for states to acquire too much power because the system will punish them. Offensive realists like John Mearsheimer argue that it makes strategic sense for states to acquire as much power as possible, and even to pursue hegemony. (500 words) Conclude by assessing both schools of thought and the contribution of neorealism to international relations theory ( offering a more structural and comparative reading of the international system and power) 300 words