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Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, editor
Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections
ISBN: 978-0-9843974-2-6
2012/173 pages
Liechtenstein Colloquium Report, Volume 2
Distributed for the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination

"This book of reflections on Robert Gilpin's work shows the continuing richness and relevance of his ideas. These essays are a tribute both to his great contributions to the field and to his special impact on the people around him."—G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University

"Robert Gilpin's seminal contributions to our understanding of the political foundations of the international economy and the conditions that explain change in world politics has shaped thinking the world over. In honoring this gentle giant, the editor and contributors to this excellent volume remind us in an era of tweets that would-class scholarship can, should, and must be."—Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Robert Gilpin is a great scholar, a towering figure of late 20th century international relations scholarship, to whom Robert Gilpin and International Relations is a worthy testimony."—Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

"Gilpin fundamentally changed our understanding of the political underpinnings of markets and the nature of the international order through his ability to clearly articulate not only his own arguments but of competing theories of international relations. This is a must read for IR scholars."—Judith Goldstein, Stanford Unviersity

"This book is a fitting tribute to Robert Gilpin, a model scholar who has influenced the field of international relations on his own and through the many students he has trained in a way that few others have been able to do."—Ezra Suleiman, Princeton University

"Robert Gilpin's influence on the study of international relations was decisive; the contributions to this volume testify to that lasting impact. The publication of this book is not only a worthy tribute to Gilpin but also underlines the importance of the type of social science he pursued so successfully."—Atul Kohli, Princeton University


The immense contributions of Robert Gilpin both to the study of international relations and in furthering the scholarship of others are reflected in this collection of essays by eminent political scientists. Gilpin's "soft realist," interdisciplinary approach has influenced generations of students and scholars in their study of international political economy, US foreign policy, IR theory, the balance of power, the relationship between science and politics, and myriad other topics. That influence, and the richness of Gilpin's work, are evident throughout the collection.


Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.


  • Introduction—W. Danspeckgruber.
  • The Richness of the Contributions of Robert G. Gilpin—M. Mastanduno.
  • Robert Gilpin and the Early Development of International Political Economy—B.J. Cohen.
  • Robert Gilpin and the Foundations of International Relations—J. Gowa.
  • Gilpinian Realism and International Relations—W.C. Wohlforth.
  • Power, Markets, and Gilpin's Enduring Ideas: War and Change Today—K.R. McNamara.
  • Robert Gilpin: Exemplary Scholar-Teacher—R. Falk.
  • Against the Current: Robert Gilpin as Teacher and Scholar—D.H. Deudney.
  • The World of Robert Gilpin Today—H. James and M. James.
  • Robert Gilpin: His Work, His Influence, and the World in Our Time—W. Danspeckgruber.
  • Appendixes.