Balance of Power: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century / Edition 1

Balance of Power: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century / Edition 1

by T.V. Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804750173

ISBN-13: 9780804750172

Pub. Date: 09/08/2004

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Since the 16th century, balance of power politics have profoundly influenced international relations. But in recent years—with the sudden disappearance of the Soviet Union, growing power of the United States, and increasing prominence of international institutions—many scholars have argued that balance of power theory is losing its relevance. This book

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Since the 16th century, balance of power politics have profoundly influenced international relations. But in recent years—with the sudden disappearance of the Soviet Union, growing power of the United States, and increasing prominence of international institutions—many scholars have argued that balance of power theory is losing its relevance. This book examines the current position and future of balance of power dynamics in international politics.

In this book, prominent scholars pay special attention to the theoretical and historical criticisms of balance of power theory while empirically assessing its validity at both global and regional levels. The volume also looks at systemic factors favoring or hindering a return to balance of power politics. It evaluates the challenges posed by subnational actors, such as terrorist groups, and weapons of mass destruction to international order. Further, it examines the relevance of balance of power axioms in selected regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804750172
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the enduring axioms of balance of power theory and their contemporary relevance1
1What do great powers balance against and when?29
2Great powers in the post-cold war world : a power transition perspective52
3The political economy of balance of power theory76
4The war on terrorism and the balance of power : the paradoxes of American hegemony103
5The balance of power paradox127
6A world not in the balance : war, politics, and weapons of mass destruction150
7Europe hedges its security bets179
8Revisiting balance of power theory in Central Eurasia214
9The international system and regional balance in the Middle East239
10Bipolarity and balancing in East Asia267
11The South Asian security balance in a western dominant world305
12Regime type and regional security in Latin America : toward a "balance of identity" theory334
Conclusions : balance of power at the turn of the new century360

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