Aug. 28, 2012

The immense contributions of Robert Gilpin both to the study of international relations and in furthering the scholarship of others are assessed in Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections, a 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. The book is edited by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, director of LISD, and is available from Lynne Rienner Publishers. It is a volume in the Liechtenstein Colloquium Report series.


Introduction - Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The Richness of the Contributions of Robert G. Gilpin - Michael Mastanduno

Robert Gilpin and the Early Development of International Political Economy - Benjamin J. Cohen

Robert Gilpin and the Foundations of International Relations - Joanne Gowa

Gilpinian Realism and International Relations - William C. Wohlforth

Power, Markets, and Gilpin's Enduring Ideas: War and Change Today - Kathleen R. McNamara

Robert Gilpin: Exemplary Scholar-Teacher - Richard Falk

Against the Current: Robert Gilpin as Teacher and Scholar - Daniel H. Deudney

The World of Robert Gilpin Today - Harold James and Marzenna James

Robert Gilpin: His Work, His Influence, and the World in Our Time - Wolfgang Danspeckgruber


Praise for Robert G. Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections

Robert Gilpin is one of the most important scholars of international relations in the postwar era. This book of reflections on Gilpin's work, written by friends, colleagues, and students, shows the continuing richness and relevance of his ideas. These essays are both a tribute to his great contributions to the field and to his special impact on the people around him. - G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Written by some of his former students and colleagues this excellent volume honors Robert Gilpin, one of the great realist scholars of the 20th century. 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 the thinking the world over. In honoring this gentle giant the editor and contributors to this Festschrift remind an era of tweets what world-class scholarship can, should and must be. - Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

Robert Gilpin and International Relations constitutes a warm and perceptive discussion of Bob Gilpin's contributions to the study of international relations by former students and colleagues. Its contributions warmly recall Bob Gilpin's personal qualities of intellectual honesty, open-mindedness, and lack of personal self-aggrandizement; and his intellectual accomplishments, which revolve around asking big questions whose answers matter, and doing so against the background of a deep knowledge of history. 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, Professor of International Affairs, 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, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Robert Gilpin has been 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. He fathered the field of international political economy because he recognized that just as international relations could not leave out the study of military and technological developments or the study of history, so it could not leave out the economy which was central to all interstate relations. His modesty kept him from making many claims including ones that he had a perfect right to make, especially considering the influence he came to have on the field. - Ezra Suleiman, IBM Professor of International Studies, Princeton University

Robert Gilpin is one of the most influential social scientists of the late twentieth century. His influence on the study of international relations was decisive; the contributions to this volume testify to that lasting impact. Beyond the study of international relations,Gilpin's focus on "big questions," interaction of power and wealth, importance of states, and on historically based knowledge, remain worthy goals for others to purse in political science and in other social sciences. 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, David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs