Part or chapter of a book
Comparing Grand Strategies in the Modern World
Comparative Grand Strategy: A Framework and Cases
Oxford : Oxford University Press
1 - 22 p.
grand strategy, comparison, rationalism, constructivism, prescription, case selection, research program, framework for analysis, threat perception, opportunities
This chapter lays out the objectives of the volume, provides a new conceptual and methodological framework, and justifies case selection. It comprises three sections. The first section argues that a comparative approach to the study of grand strategy both highlights the constraints of contemporary single-country research and the opportunities presented by a systematic research design. The chapter’s second section evaluates the alternative definitions and competing theoretical traditions developed to study grand strategy. The authors argue in favor of an integration of these traditions within a single framework, coupled with an expanded universe of countries as viable cases. In the third section, the authors examine which systemic and domestic factors organically influence the ways in which states formulate and implement grand strategies. The chapter identifies criteria for better explanations about why individual states make specific choices, and provides threads that ensure the internal consistency of the book.