T HE PRINCIPAL rap against the neorealist theory of international poli-tics is that it does not explain enough. Yes, its critics admit, anarchy and polarity do place broad constraints on the behavior of states, but

these constraints are much weaker than other causal factors that the theory omits, both at the systemic levd and the levd of domestic politics. Hence the theory paints a partial and misleading picture of intemationallife.