chapter  10
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Engaging the institutionalist critiques

The debate between, on the one hand, what was variously described as institutional theory and neoliberal institutionalism and, on the other, neorealism dominated international relations scholarship for the better part of a decade. Although the debate reprised themes that had appeared in earlier disagreements, the institutionalist alternative to realism received considerable attention after the 1986 publication of Robert Keohane’s edited volume Neorealism and Its Critics. Much of the focus of the institutionalist critique was aimed at demonstrating that Waltz’s neorealism overstated the diffi culties of achieving cooperation in the international system.