Randall Schweller

Randall Schweller

Randall L. Schweller is Full Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University, where he has taught since 1994.

He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1993 and served as an Olin Fellow at Harvard University in 1993-94. His primary teaching and research interests include international security and international relations theory, and he is perhaps best-known for his Balance of Interests theory, a revision to Kenneth Waltz's Balance of Power theory and Stephen Walt's Balance of Threat theory. His work on this subject includes: Randall Schweller, "Tripolarity and the Second World War", "International Studies Quarterly" 37:1 (March 1993) and Randall Schweller, "Deadly Imbalances: Tripolarity and Hitler's Strategy of World Conquest" (Columbia University Press, 1998).

Often associated with Structural Realists like Ken Waltz and Stephan Walt, he may more accurately be portrayed as a Neoclassical Realist (a term coined by Gideon Rose) because of his willingness to consider non-structural explanations of state behavior (other neoclassical realists include Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Christensen, and William Wohlforth). For instance: Randall Schweller and David Press, "A Tale of Two Realisms: Expanding the Institutions Debate," "Mershon International Studies Review" 41:2 (April 1997)

He is also credited with reemphasizing the distinction between status-quo and revisionist states, and incorporating that difference into realist theories of state behavior. Randall Schweller, "Bandwagoning for Profit: Bringing the Revisionist State Back in", "International Security" 19:1 (Summer 1994) and Randall Schweller, "Neorealism's Status-Quo Bias: What Security Dilemma?" "Security Studies" 5:3 (Spring 1996).

His current work examines why states sometimes fail to balance (focusing on the internal dynamics of states, which directly challenges the unitary actor assumption of Structural Realism). He has a book on this subject forthcoming from Princeton University Press that is an extension of his article: "Unanswered Threats: A Neoclassical Realist Theory of Underbalancing," "International Security" 29:2 (Fall 2004).

External links

* [http://psweb.sbs.ohio-state.edu/faculty/rschweller/ professional website and his curriculum vita]

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